Tornado Watch Southwest Minnesota until 2 am (quiet, dry, muggy evening for metro area)
May 29, 2013 — 6:59pm
Tornado Watch Far Southwestern Minnesota. SPC has issued a Tor Watch until 2 am Thursday morning; the severe storms pushing across Nebraska are forecast to rotate northeastward, impacting western Iowa and southwest Minnesota late tonight; a few could still be strong enough to spin up a tornado.
Serious Case Of The Muggies. The showers and thundershowers that rumbled across the metro around 3-5 pm moistened up the low layers of the atmosphere; dew points are closing in on 70F, some serious humidity out there. Heavy rain continues over southeastern Minnesota, but the severe threat is east of La Crosse. You can also see the aerial outline of the Tornado Watch for southwestern Minnesota.
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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.