Strong T-storms (warnings far southeast Minnesota)
May 29, 2013 — 3:00pm
Starting To Pop. I still think the greatest potential for severe storms will be over far southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin into the evening hours - dynamics aloft are most ripe for hail and damaging winds in this area. A few strong storms are pushing into the MSP metro area, capable of pea-size hail and downpours capable of urban and small stream flooding. NWS Doppler at 3 pm. Here's the latest warning:
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
250 PM CDT WED MAY 29 2013
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LA CROSSE HAS ISSUED A
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN WINNESHIEK COUNTY IN NORTHEAST IOWA...
FILLMORE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA...
WESTERN HOUSTON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 315 PM CDT
* AT 248 PM CDT...A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WAS LOCATED ALONG A
LINE EXTENDING FROM SPRING VALLEY TO LIME SPRINGS TO 6 MILES NORTH
OF JERICO...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 65 MPH.
THESE ARE VERY DANGEROUS STORMS.
HAZARD...80 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.
IMPACT...MOBILE HOMES WILL BE HEAVILY DAMAGED. FLYING DEBRIS WILL
BE DANGEROUS TO PEOPLE AND ANIMALS. EXPECT CONSIDERABLE
DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES. EXTENSIVE TREE
DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES ARE LIKELY.
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NEAR...
RIDGEWAY AND WYKOFF AROUND 255 PM CDT.
PRESTON AND FOUNTAIN AROUND 305 PM CDT.
HARMONY AND CANTON AROUND 310 PM CDT.
LANESBORO AND MABEL AROUND 315 PM CDT.
OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE COUNTY ROADS 2 AND 38...
FORESTVILLE STATE PARK...WASHINGTON...GREENLEAFTON...BRISTOL...STATE
ROAD 9 AND 290TH STREET...COUNTY ROADS W 14 AND A 34...COUNTY ROADS 2
AND 101...GRANGER AND FILLMORE.
THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. THESE STORMS ARE PRODUCING SEVERE
WIND GUSTS. SEEK SHELTER NOW INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY
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We're paying a steep price for last weekend. I grant you it was very nice, especially Saturday, but I would have taken 10 degrees off the afternoon high temperature just to avoid saying the s-word again. Then again, July is the only month where snow hasn't been reported somewhere in Minnesota. Share that with a friend if you're hoping for shocked silence.
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What can you say about Saturday? As fine a day as I can ever remember (anytime, anywhere). Extraordinary doesn't quite sum it up adequately. I expect more clouds today, even a shower north of MSP this morning, but we should see more 60s today and Monday before a reality check on Tuesday. Probably just a cold rain in the metro but a slushy surprise may await parts of central and northern Minnesota by Tuesday night. I can hardly wait!