Tornado Warning. The Twin Cities office of the NWS has issued a Tornado Warning for the Marshall area. A line of strong to severe storms is blossoming south and west of the Twin Cities, with heavy rain likely in the metro by midnight or 1 AM. Some locations in central and southern Minnesota could pick up another 1-3" of rain overnight with isolated 4-5" amounts. Details on the Tornado Warning:
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED TORNADO WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD 1028 PM CDT WED JUN 18 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SIOUX FALLS HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR... NORTHEASTERN LYON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 1100 PM CDT
* AT 1026 PM CDT...A CONFIRMED TORNADO WAS LOCATED 3 MILES NORTHEAST OF MARSHALL...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 10 MPH.
HAZARD...DAMAGING TORNADO AND HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL.
SOURCE...RADAR CONFIRMED TORNADO.
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.
* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR... COTTONWOOD AROUND 1050 PM CDT.
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.
TORNADOES ARE DIFFICULT TO SEE AND CONFIRM AT NIGHT. TAKE COVER NOW.
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Both Sunday and Monday will be excellent days to get outside, with highs in the mid to upper 80s. At least the heat we've had recently isn't like what they've seen in the Middle East. Click through for more details. - D.J. Kayser
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Thursday was an acquired taste: 95 with a heat index close to 105F across much of the MSP metro area. Today will be nearly as hot, but relief is showing up on the horizon. We may have to dodge a few hail-spitting T-storms Saturday, but by Sunday cooler, less humid air pushes southward out of Canada.
Today will be oppressive, miserable and vaguely awe-inspiring. After shivering half the year it's amazing (at least to me) that it can get this hot in Minnesota....ever. There's a shot at 100-degree air temperatures in the metro area with a dew point of 80F, making it feel like 110 to 115F. This is about as nasty as it gets - dew points drop a notch Friday and by Sunday we'll all be breathing easier...
The next 72 hours will be an acquired taste. At some point you may scratch your head and wonder (out loud) how it can possibly get this hot at our northerly latitude. A wave of incandescent heat arrives today, peaks Thursday, and then recedes over the weekend. Thursday evening heat indices may top 110F, increasing the risk of spontaneous combustion. Be careful out there.