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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Friday was delightful (what a shock - more rain) but today will be a step in the right direction. Fog and low stratus should burn off, with enough PM sun for highs near 80F. Sunday looks warmer with an isolated thundershower. I'm paranoid about Monday's eclipse - NOAA and ECMWF models continue to bring clouds and showers into the area Monday. If we do see the eclipse it'll be a minor meteorological miracle.
The month is a little more than half over and we've already picked up over 4" of rain in the metro (airport) but some communities have seen closer to 7-10" of rain in August. It looks and feels more like June out there. Shocking weather news: more T-storms may bubble up later today, but the weekend looks pretty good, especially Sunday. Keep expectations low for Monday's eclipse (not sure the weather will fully cooperate here) but skies clear and temperatures and humidity levels come down for the start of the Minnesota State Fair next Thursday. Man, the summer flew by...
I was concerned about flooding from yesterday's slow-moving storm, and I talked about it in print and on 'CCO Radio. What caught me off-guard, as well as nearly every other meteorologist, was the ferocity of the T-storms that pushed northward late in the day, spinning up a series of tornadoes and some extreme 2-4" rains. Flooding will remain a problem today, especially central Minnesota, but a pretty nice weekend is shaping up. We're due...
I hope you were able to sneak outside yesterday and enjoy a few hours of comfortable sunshine, because more rain sweeps back into Minnesota today and tonight, accented by thunderclaps at times. An inch or two of water may fall on your yard before skies brighten up Thursday - before the next round of T-storms arrive Friday. The weekend looks better, but Monday's eclipse-weather-forecast is an enigma wrapped in a riddle. Don't get your hopes too high...
This week brings a streak of 70s, but 80s should be the rule next week, and weather for the State Fair looks sticky, with a few days near 90F. Speaking of warmth next weekend will be more lake-friendly. An isolated T-shower Saturday gives way to mid-80s on Sunday; the nicer day to fish, golf, bike - or loiter on the deck. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson