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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Through 8AM, the Minneapolis airport tallied 2.70" of rain today alone making it the wettest day of 2015 so far. We have also set a new daily rainfall record beating the previous 2.32" set in 1883. Slow PM clearing is expected with cooler, drier and less muggy conditions by Tuesday. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
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Every now and then, whether you deserve it or not, you get a break. The planets temporarily align and things work out for the best. Your worst weather-fears are NOT realized. It's especially remarkable when this happy confluence of events happens on what is arguably the biggest outdoor holiday weekend of the entire year. Considering we could be knee-deep in flood waters and hailstones, or gasping for air as highs push into 90s, or dodging swarms of tornadoes, I consider myself very lucky to be able to report good weather news. On the 4th of July? Time to run out and buy a Lotto ticket....