Severe Storm Warnings South Metro. The squall line is looking more impressive, capable of nickel size hail and wind gusts over 60 mph. 1" hail was reported near Shakopee with this line of severe storms. NWS Doppler radar at 6:06 PM. Details on the latest warning from NOAA:
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 550 PM CDT MON JUL 7 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... NORTHERN DAKOTA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... NORTHEASTERN SCOTT COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... SOUTHERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 630 PM CDT
* AT 548 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR BURNSVILLE...AND MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.
HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.
SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED. 1 INCH HAIL WAS REPORTED NEAR SHAKOPEE.
IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR... EAGAN AROUND 555 PM CDT.
OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE SOUTH ST PAUL AIRPORT...INVER GROVE HEIGHTS...ROSEMOUNT...COATES...ST PAUL PARK...GREY CLOUD TOWNSHIP...VERMILLION...COTTAGE GROVE...HASTINGS AND POINT DOUGLAS.
FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A BUILDING.
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Historically heat peaks in mid-July, but we all know 90s are possible into September. Today will be comfortable with reasonable humidity levels and dew points below 60F. By next week heat and moisture increases, sparking a fairly widespread T-storm outbreak by Monday and a few sweaty days next week.
I predict precious few complaints about the weather today with pleasant temperatures and low humidity; summer heat in retreat for now. A few more waves of heat return next week - although probably not as torrid as last week. Most of us probably won't see rain until Monday. Mosquitoes? No promises there...
Only in Minnesota can you be knee-deep in flood waters with dust blowing in your face. Weather has always been extreme at this latitude, but there's growing evidence the swings are becoming even bigger. Which brings up the challenge (and opportunity) of managing water: too much water, or not enough water. More showers sprout today but generally dry weather is likely Friday into Sunday as temperatures moderate. The first week of August may feel more like mid-July.
Another free lawn-watering today (showers and T-storms, probably not severe) gives way to a clearing trend and a drop in humidity Thursday. The upcoming weekend looks lake-friendly, warm, but not obnoxiously so. Next week may see a few more 90s with a couple days of dew points in the oh-zone.
Monday was a fine summer day; a touch of heat and humidity, but not as swamp-like as late last week. We may brush 90F today before cooling off later this week - a good chance of heavy showers and T-storms Wednesday and Thursday. Long-range models hint at another hot front as early as next week.