Severe Storm Potential Mainly Wisconsin. NWS Doppler radar at 5:01 PM shows heavy showers and T-storms over southeastern Minnesota, but the greatest severe risk (hail and damaging straight-line winds) is from Durand to Eau Claire to Tomah, Wisconsin, deeper into the hot, sticky, 70-degree dew point air. Radar shows light showers over the southeast metro, but I expect a gradual clearing trend metro-wide by 7 PM or so. Here is the latest warning (Wisconsin):
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
453 PM CDT WED AUG 21 2013
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
CENTRAL DUNN COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN...
* UNTIL 530 PM CDT
* AT 449 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES WEST OF
MENOMONIE...AND MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.
HAZARD...HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL AND 60 MPH WIND GUSTS.
IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO
ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
MENOMONIE...MENOMONIE AP...HOFFMAN HILLS REC AREA AND ELK MOUND.
FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
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Our sweaty September weather continues through the weekend with feels like temperatures in the low to mid 90s. Dewpoints near 70 degrees will have you glistening even after a fresh shower. Enjoy it while you can (if you like this stuff) because fall-like weather is on the way next week! Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Weather conditions over the next few days will be reminiscent of the dog days of summer. With high temperatures approaching 90 degrees and dewpoints near 70 degrees, it'll feel more like the mid 90s. The hot, sticky sun will no doubt have you in search of the nearest A/C unit through the weekend. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
The Dog Days of September limp on, with a heat index in the mid-90s almost every day into Saturday. If you're heading off to the State Fair stay hydrated and take plenty of breaks. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Summer hasn't run out of gas, not yet. Daytime highs surge into the 80s into Sunday, possibly Monday - odds are Canadian relief will stall to our northwest, keeping us on the sticky side of a front - and the northern edge of a sprawling heat wave - for roughly the next week. Great fun. A few T-storms are in the forecast, especially northern Minnesota, but with planning (and luck) you may just salvage an OK holiday weekend. On paper.
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.