SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 642 PM CDT MON MAR 19 2012 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... SOUTHEASTERN CARVER COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... NORTHEASTERN LE SUEUR COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... EXTREME NORTHWESTERN RICE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA... WESTERN SCOTT COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... EXTREME NORTHEASTERN SIBLEY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA... * UNTIL 715 PM CDT * AT 637 PM CDT...RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM...CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR LE CENTER...OR ABOUT 13 MILES EAST OF ST PETER...AND MOVING NORTH AT 50 MPH. LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE... LE CENTER... ST HENRY... KILKENNY... MONTGOMERY... NEW PRAGUE... BELLE PLAINE... JORDAN... MARYSTOWN... CARVER... COLOGNE... CHASKA... SHAKOPEE... PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM...PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. SEEK SHELTER NOW INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS. DOPPLER RADAR HAS INDICATED SOME WEAK ROTATION WITHIN THIS STORM. WHILE NOT IMMEDIATELY LIKELY...A TORNADO MAY STILL DEVELOP. IF A TORNADO IS SPOTTED...ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY IN A STURDY STRUCTURE...SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR SMALL INTERIOR ROOM.
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Wednesday sure looked and felt like autumn under a gray sky with a cool breeze. We stand a better chance of spying the sun today with temperatures mellowing close to 70F by tomorrow. No more heat waves - and a welcome lack of downpours into Tuesday of next week. Meanwhile we're keeping an eye on "Matthew" in the Caribbean. Will this be our October surprise? Too early to say.
The big story is news that we had not one, but two mega-rain events this past summer, based on forensic data and investigation by the Minnesota Climate Office and DNR. These sprawling areas of flooding appear to be on the increase; we've experienced at least 7 of these events since 2000. Somehow we get a break in the puddle treadmill with cool sunshine the rule from today into the weekend. Good timing for the Ryder Cup. Have you heard it's in town town? I had no idea. I'm just gratified we were able to squeeze in a big, glitzy, high-visibility international event - in between floods.
A large area of low pressure centered over Ontario is responsible for this windy nonsense. While wind gusts won't be quite as strong as they were Monday, we'll still have a nagging breeze to combat as you meander about outdoors. The low clouds surrounding the storm system will also make an appearance again Tuesday with passing showers that will likely be present during the afternoon hours. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
As the stubborn storm drifts east, a ridge of high pressure builds in allowing sunshine and dry weather to persist for several days. Golfers and golf fans will be appreciative of the downpour free forecast as the Ryder Cup comes to town this week. Check the blog for more updates. -Todd Nelson
An Octoberish wind develops over the next few days with high temps dipping into the 50s and 60s across the state. Clouds and a few spits of rain linger through Monday; Great Ryder Cup weather settles in Thursday. Dry and sunny! Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
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