Severe Storm Watch. NOAA SPC has issued a Severe Storm Watch, which includes Mankato, Rochester and Albert Lea, but does NOT include the immediate Twin Cities metor area, until 9 PM tonight. Details:
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 443 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 140 PM CDT THU JUL 25 2013
THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHERN IOWA SOUTHERN MINNESOTA SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN
* EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 140 PM UNTIL 900 PM CDT.
* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE... SEVERAL DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE SEVERAL LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 55 STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 60 MILES WEST NORTHWEST OF STORM LAKE IOWA TO 40 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF LA CROSSE WISCONSIN. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3).
REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.
DISCUSSION...THUNDERSTORMS WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE/INTENSITY THROUGH THE AFTERNOON ACROSS SRN MN/NRN IA/SW WI IN A ZONE OF MODERATE INSTABILITY AND ENOUGH VERTICAL WIND SHEAR FOR ORGANIZED/SUPERCELL STORMS. THE STRONGEST STORMS WILL POSE A RISK FOR LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING GUSTS THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON/EVENING.
AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 1.5 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 31025.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH PROBABILITIES FOR WS 0443 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 0137 PM CDT THU JUL 25 2013
WS 0443 PROBABILITY TABLE: PROB OF 2 OR MORE TORNADOES : <05% PROB OF 1 OR MORE STRONG /F2-F5/ TORNADOES : <02% PROB OF 10 OR MORE SEVERE WIND EVENTS : 30% PROB OF 1 OR MORE WIND EVENTS >= 65 KNOTS : 10% PROB OF 10 OR MORE SEVERE HAIL EVENTS : 30% PROB OF 1 OR MORE HAIL EVENTS >= 2 INCHES : 10% PROB OF 6 OR MORE COMBINED SEVERE HAIL/WIND EVENTS : 60%
&& ATTRIBUTE TABLE: MAX HAIL /INCHES/ : 1.5 MAX WIND GUSTS SURFACE /KNOTS/ : 60 MAX TOPS /X 100 FEET/ : 500 MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR /DEGREES AND KNOTS/ : 31025 PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION : NO
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I'm happy to report that today will be even nicer than yesterday! That's a pretty low bar, granted, but we should top 80F today with some sunshine, higher humidity and a few stray T-storms. 80s will be the rule this week, with warmer than average weather spilling into Labor Day weekend. The risk of a Gulf Coast hurricane seems to be increasing again - water temperatures in the Gulf are very warm, which may fuel a big storm within a few days.
Thursday was a breath of fresh air and today will be another fine day with blue sky, light winds and no rain (amazing). Showers and T-storms return late tonight into Saturday as the atmosphere tries to warm up again - Sunday should be sunnier, warmer and drier. Summer comes rushing back next week with more 80s, even a few 90s possible by the end of next week. Hermine impacting Florida and the Gulf Coast? Still a definite maybe, but the storm is a sloppy mess; it's unclear if and when conditions will be ripe for strengthening.
So long heat index, at least for a few days. Agreeable air, courtesy of Canada, will be with us for the next few days. Clouds build up this afternoon; Friday should be sunnier with less wind and temperatures more typical of late September. After a close encounter with Saturday showers temperatures mellow Sunday and summer heat returns next week. No, we haven't seen the last 90-degree warmth.
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