Severe Storm Watch until 1 AM (includes Twin Cities metro)
May 7, 2014 — 7:02pm
Severe Storm Watch Until 1 AM Thursday. Conditions are ripe for strong to severe storm over much of southern Minnesota as warm, moisture-laden air surges northward, coupled with powerful jet stream winds aloft. The watch includes Mankato, Rochester, Hutchinson and the Twin Cities. The greatest risk is large hail, but a few isolated tornadoes can't be ruled out, along with training echoes capable of flash flooding in some communities. Details from NOAA:
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 126 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 645 PM CDT WED MAY 7 2014 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN MINNESOTA EXTREME WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN * EFFECTIVE THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING FROM 645 PM UNTIL 100 AM CDT. * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE... SCATTERED LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE A TORNADO OR TWO POSSIBLE THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 55 STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 20 MILES SOUTHWEST OF REDWOOD FALLS MINNESOTA TO 30 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF ROCHESTER MINNESOTA. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU6). PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 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.
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Never a dull moment in the weather department, and with a moderate drought it's hard to get too indignant about a soaking rain, especially on a Tuesday. The drought is fizzling as tropical moisture finally reaches Minnesota, a trend which should spill over into much of June. After a raw day yesterday you'll get a chance to whine about the heat and humidity today and tomorrow as the mercury surges past 80F and dew points push into the 60s. Instant summer.
Well, the sun did come out by late afternoon and evening, allowing us to salvage a little of our Memorial Day, especially central and southern Minnesota. Up North it was a total wash-out, but then again the weather Up North was pretty fine Friday and Saturday. We dry out today, a few 80s by Wednesday and Thursday before we dry out and cool down for the weekend. It could be worse - you could be looking for higher ground in Austin, Texas.
Look at the bright side: you won't have to worry about a painful sunburn today - and watering will be optional until further notice. The big news, of course, is that the drought continues to ease as we limp into a much wetter pattern, one that shows no sign of quitting into early June. Details on Memorial Day weather, and why we won't be getting another boat anytime soon, in today's weather blog.
NOAA's NAM model prints out 2.49" rain between now and late Monday night. Naturally. Major holidays attract storms and this Memorial Day should be no exception. I hope you had a chance to spend some time outside yesterday. The weather was so-so in the metro but gorgeous up north. Today and tomorrow: not so much. That said (while gritting my teeth) we do need the rain.
It's always a good idea to lower your expectations on a holiday, and Memorial Day is no exception. Today won't be all bad - some dim sun through increasing mid and high-level clouds. Showers and T-storms slosh into the state Sunday with the heaviest rain Sunday night into Monday morning. Skies may brighten up a little Monday afternoon, but don't count on it. Personally I'd make the most of today.