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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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.
Lingering showers and storms work through southern Minnesota today before more sun returns Friday. Hot & sticky weather will resume in July, it always does. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson