Tornado Watch Southeast Minnesota until 1 AM - Strongest Storms Pass South of MSP
June 16, 2014 — 7:16pm
Most Severe Storms Tracking Over Far Southern Minnesota. NWS Doppler at 7:15 PM shows moderate rain over the Twin Cities with some lightning and thunder, but no severe reports nearby. Storms bearing down on Rochester and Stewartville may produce 1" hail, 60-80 mph winds and even an isolated tornado.
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Look at the bright side: you won't have to worry about a painful sunburn today - and watering will be optional until further notice. The big news, of course, is that the drought continues to ease as we limp into a much wetter pattern, one that shows no sign of quitting into early June. Details on Memorial Day weather, and why we won't be getting another boat anytime soon, in today's weather blog.
NOAA's NAM model prints out 2.49" rain between now and late Monday night. Naturally. Major holidays attract storms and this Memorial Day should be no exception. I hope you had a chance to spend some time outside yesterday. The weather was so-so in the metro but gorgeous up north. Today and tomorrow: not so much. That said (while gritting my teeth) we do need the rain.
It's always a good idea to lower your expectations on a holiday, and Memorial Day is no exception. Today won't be all bad - some dim sun through increasing mid and high-level clouds. Showers and T-storms slosh into the state Sunday with the heaviest rain Sunday night into Monday morning. Skies may brighten up a little Monday afternoon, but don't count on it. Personally I'd make the most of today.
Thursday will be tough to top but we may come close today with less wind, a brilliant-blue sky and highs in the 70s. If you can start your holiday celebration today and Saturday you'll be in good shape. The potential for showers and a few embedded T-showers increases Sunday and Monday. Yep, looks like a holiday.
After a couple of cool days temperatures begin to mellow today and Friday, the two best days in sight. Saturday still looks like the best outdoor day of the holiday weekend. A few showers and T-showers may slosh into the state Sunday and Monday - probably not a steady rain, but have a Plan B for the latter half of the weekend - just in case.