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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The Dog Days of September limp on, with a heat index in the mid-90s almost every day into Saturday. If you're heading off to the State Fair stay hydrated and take plenty of breaks. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Summer hasn't run out of gas, not yet. Daytime highs surge into the 80s into Sunday, possibly Monday - odds are Canadian relief will stall to our northwest, keeping us on the sticky side of a front - and the northern edge of a sprawling heat wave - for roughly the next week. Great fun. A few T-storms are in the forecast, especially northern Minnesota, but with planning (and luck) you may just salvage an OK holiday weekend. On paper.
We salvaged an OK weekend after all, not as warm as we thought though. I'm still wondering (out loud) if a canopy of thick smoke from western wildfires kept us a few degrees cooler. The combination of heat and humidity will make it feel more like July this week, a streak of days ranging from 85-90F. Relief arrives next weekend; right now Sunday looks like the wetter, more volatile day. By Labor Day it will definitely feel like September.
Yesterday was a murky day, smoke from western wildfires kept our sky dirty - keeping daytime highs a few degrees cooler. A very warm week is shaping up - I hesitate calling it a heat wave, but a few days may approach or even top 90F. Meanwhile Erika is no longer a tropical storm but that doesn't mean the flood risk for Florida has passed. Not yet.
The rains pretty much avoided the metro yesterday; just a trace of rain at MSP International. Today will be sunny and lukewarm; downright hot weather returns next week with a streak of days in the 85-90F range. Meanwhile we're still keeping an eye on "Erika", which promises to deliver a memorable dousing to Florida early next week.