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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Look at the bright side, we could be tracking tornadic thunderstorms....or flash flooding...or river flooding...or wildfires. A little slush won't hurt anyone on Monday, and whatever falls should be gone by Tuesday. 75-150 miles north and west of MSP may be a different story with enough snow to shovel and scrape, delighting locals! Hard to believe but we should be in the 60s next weekend as spring stages a comeback. Whew...
Oh brother. The entire weather blog should be a series of apologetic disclaimers today. We still don't know what we don't know, but models continue to suggest accumulating slush late in the weekend, especially Sunday night when we lose the sun's infrared radiation. No problems today; the sun may even peek through. Saturday looks tolerable, but Sunday will be a good Netflix-day with a cold rain mixing with or even changing to wet snow late. Monday, the 1st day of May, could bring plowable amounts of snow to portions of Minnesota. Where those heavy snow bands will set up is anyone's guess right now. Stay tuned.
Well, at least you won't be distracted by blue sky and chirping birds anytime soon - easier to focus on work, school and errands. Flurries may provide a mild jolt today; models still hinting at accumulating slush by Monday (but it's wildly premature to speculate about amounts). Spring fever returns in roughly one week. That's the thing about spring - across most of the USA it's taken as a foregone conclusion. Here in Minnesota, not so much. Minnesotans earn their springs.
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.
Monday turned out a little nicer than expected: low 70s with glimmers of sun. I think it sprinkled for 3 minutes or so. Not bad at all. We got all that "nice weather" out of the way, now it's time for a little payback, served runny and cold. Just rain today into much of Wednesday, but enough cold air may mix down for a slushy mix Wednesday PM, even an inch of snow close to the MSP metro by Thursday morning. Spring in Minnesota is a cool, cruel mistress. You'll see.