Severe Storm Watch (strong to severe metro storms by late morning)
September 19, 2013 — 9:23am
Severe Potential. NWS Doppler radar at 9:22 AM, showing a squall line approaching - with a potential for large hail, damaging straight-line winds, even an isolated tornado. Doppler is estimating 1-2" diameter hail with some of these cells.
Severe Storm Watch. Conditions will remain ripe for severe storms into the afternoon hours over southeastern MN and much of northern and western Wisconsin. A Severe Storm Watch remains in effect until 4 PM this afternoon, which includes the metro area.
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It can always be worse. Yesterday was blustery and raw - classic fall weather, but on this date in 1820 pioneers at Fort Snelling we digging out from 11" of snow. That's what COULD be happening in mid-October. Winds ease up a bit today with cool sunshine, but another cold front is brewing for Thursday - setting the stage for a widespread frost/freeze Saturday morning. We've been blessed, it's been a nice, long, luxurious weather honeymoon. It's time.
Live long enough and you'll see (almost) everything, right? Even temperatures a few degrees shy of 100F on October 11. El Nino? Global warming? The heat blob in the Pacific? Good luck pinning down a direct cause, but there's little doubt that temperatures will trend milder than average this week, possibly into much of next week as well. And there's no question today will be a very bad hair day as winds gust over 40 mph - a taste of the October we all know and love.
You may have a brief out-of-body-experience today as temperatures top 80F; one more look at the calendar on your phone to make sure it really is October 11. Enjoy the odd, late-season hot front, because October returns tomorrow on 40 mph winds. No big storms, nothing controversial, not yet, but a minor reality check is on the way this week.
Friday was a supreme disappointment....clouds lingered, keeping temperatures cooler than predicted. But it didn't snow...or hail...pretty much a typical October day. The sun should stay out most of today with 70s likely; you'll swear it's August tomorrow with low to mid 80s - pretty remarkable considering the sun will be as high in the sky Sunday as it was back on March 1. Monday will feel like a cool, heavy-handed slap across the face as Canadian air returns. Not exactly a cold front, more of a minor reality check.
So this is what a "cool front" feels like! Soak up the fleeting taste of October this morning, because you'll be tempted to try on the shorts one more time this weekend, especially Sunday. 80s in mid-October? Why not. Gives us all something to chat about...