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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It could be worse. It can always be worse. We're not being chased from our homes by a wall of flames. Wildfires are racing across Oklahoma and much of the southern Plains. No severe weather (it's too cool and stable overhead for anything wild anytime soon). And we're not dreading the 7-Day the way residents of Seattle area, where rain is a given, but the last few months have been excessively wet, even by soggy Seattle standards. Skies brighten today before drizzle and light showers return Sunday. The sun makes a cameo appearance next week with a shot at 60F by Tuesday. That would be nice.
We go from muttering about slush to whining about puddles slowing down our commute. Complaining (out loud) is part of the human condition. Showery rains linger today, although probably no hail like the St. Cloud area saw yesterday. We dry out Saturday and models show 50s next week - a few degrees above average. Hey, you could be in Denver.
Getting to (real) spring is always a struggle. Weather never moves in a straight line - it's a messy tug of war. Warm air can't just push cold air out of the way; winter has to retreat on its own - and that just takes time (and patience at this latitude). Showery rains are likely today into Saturday morning, but next week will look and feel more like spring.
Enjoy the last little bit of sunshine while you can today. A water-logged storm system arrives later this week with heavy rainfall tallies up to 1 inch or more across parts of southern Minnesota. The extended forecast suggests a series of Pacific storm systems sliding across the country. Stubborn low clouds and showers look likely into the last week of March with rainfall tallies possibly topping 2 inches in spots to our south. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
The extended forecast looks active, but the late week storm system will be more of a rain maker with some spots in southern MN seeing up to 1 inch of rain by Friday night. The last week of March may feature yet another storm system, but temperatures look mild enough for rain once again. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson