Severe Storms Race East - Rapid Clearing This Evening
July 7, 2014 — 6:55pm
NWS Doppler: 6:45 PM. Radar shows a line of severe storms from Hudson to Hastings and Northfield. There were numerous reports of 1 to 1.5" diameter hail from near Shakopee to Burnsville and Bloomington with these storms. Here's the latest warning from the local Twin Cities NWS:
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 640 PM CDT MON JUL 7 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... SOUTHEASTERN DAKOTA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... GOODHUE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA... EAST CENTRAL RICE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... SOUTHEASTERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... SOUTHWESTERN PEPIN COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN... PIERCE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN...
* UNTIL 745 PM CDT
* AT 638 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM AFTON STATE PARK TO 7 MILES NORTH OF CANNON FALLS TO FARIBAULT...AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.
HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS.
SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED. TREE DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED WITH THIS STORM.
IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... RIVER FALLS...RED WING...ELLSWORTH...KINNICKINNIC STATE PARK... CANNON FALLS...FRONTENAC STATE PARK...LAKE BYLLESBY...POINT DOUGLAS...PRESCOTT...DENNISON...NERSTRAND...MIESVILLE...KENYON... WASTEDO...DIAMOND BLUFF...WELCH...BOMBAY...HADER...BELDENVILLE AND HAGER CITY.
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We're paying a steep price for last weekend. I grant you it was very nice, especially Saturday, but I would have taken 10 degrees off the afternoon high temperature just to avoid saying the s-word again. Then again, July is the only month where snow hasn't been reported somewhere in Minnesota. Share that with a friend if you're hoping for shocked silence.
Monday turned out a little nicer than expected: low 70s with glimmers of sun. I think it sprinkled for 3 minutes or so. Not bad at all. We got all that "nice weather" out of the way, now it's time for a little payback, served runny and cold. Just rain today into much of Wednesday, but enough cold air may mix down for a slushy mix Wednesday PM, even an inch of snow close to the MSP metro by Thursday morning. Spring in Minnesota is a cool, cruel mistress. You'll see.
OK, so it will be tough topping this past weekend for beauty and splendor. Highs near 70s with generous sunshine, at least from the Twin Cities on south. North of MSP it got gray and chilly in a hurry. A few showers pop today with more 60s, and then a relapse arrives with jacket-worthy 40s, maybe even a few inches of slushy snow by Wednesday across parts of central and northern Minnesota. Isn't April fun?
What can you say about Saturday? As fine a day as I can ever remember (anytime, anywhere). Extraordinary doesn't quite sum it up adequately. I expect more clouds today, even a shower north of MSP this morning, but we should see more 60s today and Monday before a reality check on Tuesday. Probably just a cold rain in the metro but a slushy surprise may await parts of central and northern Minnesota by Tuesday night. I can hardly wait!
Good luck staying indoors the next couple of days. Plan on enough sun for upper 60s to near 70F, with low humidity and a reasonable bug count. A few showers and T-storms Monday mark the leading edge of a cooler front, but nothing too traumatic is brewing in the 7-Day.