Hail Potential South Metro. Doppler radar at 3 pm shows a line of strong/severe T-storms developing south of the Twin Cities, some capable of 1-2" diameter hail. A Severe Storm Watch is in effect for much of Wisconsin until 11 PM. Here are details on the warnings posted just south of MSP:
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
252 PM CDT WED AUG 21 2013
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN LE SUEUR COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
NORTHEASTERN NICOLLET COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
SCOTT COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
SOUTHEASTERN SIBLEY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 330 PM CDT
* AT 249 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 7 MILES SOUTH OF SHAKOPEE TO 6 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MN
VALLEY STATE REC AREA TO GAYLORD...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 20 MPH.
HAZARD...QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND 60 MPH WIND GUSTS.
IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO
ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
NEW PRAGUE...HENDERSON...RUSH RIVER...NORSELAND...ST BENEDICT...
HELENA...CREDIT RIVER...LE SUEUR...CRYSTAL BAY AND OTTAWA.
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Monday felt like a typical day....in mid-July. A minor reality check sets in today as winds blow from the north; chasing downpours into Iowa and Wisconsin, treating us to a cooling trend into Thursday. We warm up a little next weekend with scattered T-storms by Sunday and early Labor Day. Hey, it's a holiday - keep expectations low. No storms with names....
Well, at least it was better than Saturday. After a foggy (thundery) start the sun came out and temperatures reached the mid-80s. Up north severe storms erupted, even a few large and violent (PDS) tornadoes in Polk County. Yes, a bit odd for late August. Expect sticky sun today with another round of irritable storms later in the day. We cool off and dry out by midweek - more storms may be brewing next weekend, but not as formidable as what residents of Florida and the Carolinas are tracking.
I'm happy to report that today will be even nicer than yesterday! That's a pretty low bar, granted, but we should top 80F today with some sunshine, higher humidity and a few stray T-storms. 80s will be the rule this week, with warmer than average weather spilling into Labor Day weekend. The risk of a Gulf Coast hurricane seems to be increasing again - water temperatures in the Gulf are very warm, which may fuel a big storm within a few days.
Thursday was a breath of fresh air and today will be another fine day with blue sky, light winds and no rain (amazing). Showers and T-storms return late tonight into Saturday as the atmosphere tries to warm up again - Sunday should be sunnier, warmer and drier. Summer comes rushing back next week with more 80s, even a few 90s possible by the end of next week. Hermine impacting Florida and the Gulf Coast? Still a definite maybe, but the storm is a sloppy mess; it's unclear if and when conditions will be ripe for strengthening.
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