Doppler At 3:20 pm. The NWS has issued a new Tornado Warning:
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED TORNADO WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 313 PM CDT TUE JUN 21 2011
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR... CENTRAL ANOKA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... NORTHEASTERN HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA... EXTREME NORTHWESTERN RAMSEY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
* UNTIL 345 PM CDT
* AT 312 PM CDT...RADAR INDICATED A STORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE STORM WAS NEAR SPRING LAKE PARK...OR OVER SPRING LAKE PARK...AND MOVING NORTH AT 30 MPH.
* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE... SPRING LAKE PARK... MOUNDS VIEW... BLAINE... OAK PARK... COON RAPIDS... ANDOVER...
WHEN A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED BASED ON RADAR...IT MEANS THAT STRONG ROTATION HAS BEEN DETECTED IN THE STORM. A TORNADO MAY ALREADY BE ON THE GROUND...OR IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP SHORTLY.
TORNADO WATCH 532 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM CDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: MINNESOTA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE ANOKA, CHISAGO, DAKOTA, GOODHUE HENNEPIN, HOUSTON, ISANTI, RAMSEY, SHERBURNE, WABASHA, WASHINGTON, WINONA AND WRIGHT.
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So THIS is what winter looks like in Minnesota. Just when we wrapped our heads around the idea of an early spring Old Man Winter telegraphed "not so fast". A couple slushy inches may fall this morning - more on the east side into Wisconsin, and a little snow may stick around on the ground into Friday morning. Temperatures take off over the weekend: low 50s Saturday with an outside shot at 60 Sunday afternoon.
Today's rain will be a fitting way to end the month of February, a month when only 3 tenth's of an inch of snow fell on the Twin Cities. More south of the metro, no doubt, but the snow drought lingers for much of the state. NOAA predicts warmer and wetter into May, which seems believable. Speaking of NOAA let's hope plans outlined in a PPT don't come to pass. We need a full-time National Weather Service with full-time, fully-staffed offices around the USA. Because our weather is rarely "part-time".
We will see cold relapses into March and April, but nothing bitter/arctic is on the horizon looking out 2-3 weeks. A mild bias continues with temperatures 10 F. above average today and Tuesday. After cooling off late in the week 50s may return next weekend. No headline-grabbing storms (you remember those) on tap, just a little rain tomorrow. Winter is winding down faster than expected...
Natural variability, El Nino kicking in - many factors may explain why it's been in the 70s and 80s out east (with tornadoes in unusual places for February). Minnesota just experienced the warmest, most prolonged February warmth on record (since 1871). A fluke? Perhaps, but what we're witnessing is consistent with a slowly warming planet. Hate to keep banging the drum, but ignoring the trends won't make them go away.
How did you cope with the (fake) Blizzard of '17? Residents of the metro are rolling their eyes, but 75 miles southeast of MSP it was a full-blown blizzard with a foot of snow, ice and high winds creating treacherous travel conditions. Which is vaguely interesting, but it didn't happen in my yard, so it doesn't matter, right? I get it: all weather, like politics, is local. The sun comes out today with less wind; temperatures moderating into the low 40s early next week.