Strongest T-storms Rumble South of MSP - Tornado Watch Southeast MN until 1 AM
June 16, 2014 — 6:05pm
Most Dangerous T-storms over Southern Minnesota. A (Doppler-indicated) Tornado Warning remains in effect for Mankato - the storm most likely to spin up tornadoes either side of I-90. Heavy rain is likely in the Twin Cities metro, a developing MCS system may brush southern suburbs with small hail and torrential rains capable of flash flooding. These storms closer to the Iowa border have a history of ping pong size hail and wind gusts to 85 mph. NWS Doppler radar at 6 PM.
New Tornado Watch Southeastern Minnesota. This new watch, valid until 1 AM Tuesday, includes Rochester, Austin, Winona and La Crosse, WI, but it does not include the Twin Cities metro.
Developing MCS? Although heaviest rains may pass just south of MSP early tonight it still looks ripe for extreme rains over southern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin, where some 2-4" amounts are possible.
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We salvaged a half-decent Saturday; nicer weather north of the cities, but at least it was lukewarm. A northwest wind kicks in today and Memorial Day as cooler air drains south out of Canada. It's even colder aloft, and heating of the ground will spark showers, mainly PM hours, the next couple of days. Not a total loss, but a few showers and sprinkles are likely. Summer could make an appearance by next weekend; details in the blog.
Friday was probably as good as it's going to get in the weather department anytime soon. 80 degrees, sunshine, a gentle breeze. Today will be a bit cooler and cloudier with showers likely over southern Minnesota. There will be some sunshine out there, especially central and northern Minnesota today, but the trend over the next 2-3 days will be more clouds, more wind and more numerous showers. Lousy timing: Monday appears to be the coolest, wettest day - although it won't be an all-day rain.
Thursday was a step in the right direction and today and much of Saturday will be fairly nice with 70s and sunshine much of the time. A shower or T-shower is possible late Saturday, likely Sunday and Memorial Day. No all-day washouts, but have a Plan B, especially for Monday. Pretty typical for a holiday, all things considered.
Hurry up summer. We're still paying for that flash of 60s back in February, it seems. Temperatures will warm up in the coming days; not quite warm enough for a dip in the lake (unless you're exceptionally brave) but the weather should cooperate over the weekend, at least most of the time. There will be showery exceptions, and Monday won't win any awards. And yes, it can always be worse.
Hey, for what it's worth I'm just as disgusted/frustrated as everyone else. I'm looking forward to an extended streak of 80s and sunshine. It's coming. I think. Not this weekend, mind you. We'll have to be content with 70s Friday and Saturday with a ration of sunshine both days. Sunday may be showery but some clearing is likely Memorial Day with highs holding in the 60s. Not exactly lake-worthy, but we've seen worse.