Tornado Warning Worthington Area. NWS Doppler at 3:40 PM shows strong rotation and a hook echo just west of Worthington - no confirmed tornadoes yet, but it's ripe. I suspect conditions are most ripe over far southern Minnesota, along the I-90 corridor into the evening hours, a risk of straight-line winds and flash flooding as far north as Willmar and the Twin Cities. Details on the new warning:
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED TORNADO WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD 336 PM CDT MON JUN 16 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SIOUX FALLS HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR... NORTHERN NOBLES COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 400 PM CDT
* AT 333 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR WILMONT...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.
HAZARD...TORNADO AND HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL.
SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.
IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY.
* THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL AFFECT MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF NORTHERN NOBLES COUNTY.
TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
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A month ago I had no idea we'd be sweating it out by late May. No record heat is brewing, but 90s are likely into Memorial Day, which correlates with a better chance of a hotter-than-average summer season. Yep, I was surprised by this too. Although at this point nothing should surprise us much. Think cool thoughts, check in the vulnerable and be careful out there the next few days.
Well, we got our wish. Many of us wanted to feel warm again, after a February-like April. Mother Nature heard your plaintive cries and turned up the volume a few notches. We should hit or exceed 90F today, Saturday, Sunday and Monday - the hottest Memorial Day since 2006. In fact steamy weather lingers into much of next week; no real relief until a Canadian cool front the first weekend of June. Until then, various degrees of hot and sweaty...
26.1" of snow last month, an early spell of 90s this month. Minnesota's weather is still manic - probably always will be. Time to dig out your summer wardrobe because sweaty weather is here to stay into much of next week with a streak of low 90s possible. In fact today may bring the first 90F of 2018, and severe storms into western Minnesota by afternoon and evening.
Looking back many of us will consider this the good 'ol days - back when temperatures were comfortable - back when neighbors weren't whining about the dew point. A July-like spell of heat and humidity is coming, and by the weekend heat indices may be well into the 90s. You wanted summer? You earned a real summer. And it's coming.
Today was a little on the cool side, although the observed high of 71F is average for May 21. A big shout-out to volunteer weather observers who collect data for NOAA NCDC's COOP program - details in the blog. A hot front is brewing for late week and the weekend. Yes, it may be good time for holiday weekend plans. There, I just jinxed the forecast.