Hail Potential. NWS Doppler radar at 3:51 PM shows a storm with 1-2" diameter hail pushing toward Hastings and Red Wing. Details:
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL DAKOTA
COUNTY UNTIL 415 PM CDT...
AT 344 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 8 MILES SOUTH OF
MISSISSIPPI NATIONAL RIVER AND REC AREA...AND MOVING EAST AT 20 MPH.
HAZARD...PING PONG BALL SIZE HAIL AND 60 MPH WIND GUSTS.
IMPACT...PEOPLE AND ANIMALS OUTDOORS WILL BE INJURED. EXPECT HAIL
DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES. EXPECT WIND
DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
HAMPTON...VERMILLION...NEW TRIER...HASTINGS AND MIESVILLE.
FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
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We salvaged an OK weekend after all, not as warm as we thought though. I'm still wondering (out loud) if a canopy of thick smoke from western wildfires kept us a few degrees cooler. The combination of heat and humidity will make it feel more like July this week, a streak of days ranging from 85-90F. Relief arrives next weekend; right now Sunday looks like the wetter, more volatile day. By Labor Day it will definitely feel like September.
Yesterday was a murky day, smoke from western wildfires kept our sky dirty - keeping daytime highs a few degrees cooler. A very warm week is shaping up - I hesitate calling it a heat wave, but a few days may approach or even top 90F. Meanwhile Erika is no longer a tropical storm but that doesn't mean the flood risk for Florida has passed. Not yet.
The rains pretty much avoided the metro yesterday; just a trace of rain at MSP International. Today will be sunny and lukewarm; downright hot weather returns next week with a streak of days in the 85-90F range. Meanwhile we're still keeping an eye on "Erika", which promises to deliver a memorable dousing to Florida early next week.
There's something for everyone in today's forecast: a potential hurricane for Florida and the southeastern USA, early September sweat, some rain (today) and a helpful State Fair Bingo guide. That, and cookies. Sweet Martha cookies...still warm and gooey.
Brushfires are still burning out of control in Washington State and much of the Pacific Northwest; smoke from those fires drifted over Minnesota yesterday, taking the edge off our blue sky. Meanwhile we're watching "Erika" in the Caribbean, which could threaten Florida and the coastal southeast USA by early next week. It puts our soggy Friday into perspective. The sun comes out this week with a shot at 90F next week. No, summer isn't nearly done with us just yet...