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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Soaking rains arrive Tuesday night and Wednesday. Some lawns and gardens could get a healthy drink as models are suggesting nearly 1 inch of rain in a few spots. A few sputtery rain showers will be possible on Friday and Saturday, but it won't be a washout. Hot and sweaty weather looks to return by July 4th.
Yes, I know. It's too cool for the lake. I feel your pain - there were whitecaps on my lake too, and only the brave and foolish were in the water. This cool spell isn't sustainable. The sun is too high in the sky - there is too much overheated air over the southern USA. At some point it will warm up. Probably overnight. Like turning on a light switch. Might I recommend that you embrace the comfortable readings, because within 1-2 weeks young and old alike will be muttering about the heat and humidity. Wait for it.
Saturday was interesting, more early October than late June. Instability showers and T-storms dropped small hail, sparking wind gusts over 40 mph. Today should be a notch better with more sun and fewer showers popping by afternoon. Temperatures mellow a bit this week, but I don't see 80s until the latter half of next week. A lot of people are whining about the lack of lake-worthy heat, but I don't mind the free A/C one bit.
Just think of all the cold cash you're going to save on cold pop, ice cream and A/C this weekend! I know - not funny. Minnesotans get indignant when their summer weekends don't match what they were daydreaming about a few months ago. The weather won't be lake-worthy, but at least we're not suffering through a dangerous heatwave, like much of the southwestern USA and southern Plains. Be careful what you wish for...
We've been hearing so much about the debilitating heat gripping much of the USA, the epicenter of pain over the southwestern states. There is no sign of that heat sweeping into Minnesota anytime soon. In fact I see a continued cool bias for the next 2 weeks, no prolonged warming trend (80s or hotter for days on end) until maybe the second week of July at the earliest. We're making up for a very warm start to June, it seems. Details on Cindy, which has weakened, but continues to threaten much of the Mid South and Ohio Valley with flooding rains.