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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We've been hearing so much about the debilitating heat gripping much of the USA, the epicenter of pain over the southwestern states. There is no sign of that heat sweeping into Minnesota anytime soon. In fact I see a continued cool bias for the next 2 weeks, no prolonged warming trend (80s or hotter for days on end) until maybe the second week of July at the earliest. We're making up for a very warm start to June, it seems. Details on Cindy, which has weakened, but continues to threaten much of the Mid South and Ohio Valley with flooding rains.
Lingering showers and storms work through southern Minnesota today before more sun returns Friday. Hot & sticky weather will resume in July, it always does. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
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It may be a few degrees too cool for the lake or pool yesterday, but I have trouble working up righteous indignation about low to mid 70s, blue sky and low humidity. Free Canadian A/C will be the rule into much of next week, while much of America sizzles, and residents of the Gulf Coast keep an eye out for serious flooding. Details in the blog.