Video of St. James Tornado - Some Easing of Storms on Doppler
May 8, 2014 — 7:16pm
St. James Tornado Footage. Check out the YouTube clip captured late this afternoon in the St. James area - that sure looks like a confirmed tornado on the ground to me. Credit: "KDR Media chaser, Kholby Martin documented a tornado in Saint James, MN this evening. Tornado touched down just to the north of by ¼ of a mile and crossed the road, tearing up the ground. It was roughly a couple hundred yards wide yet not fully condensed."
Not As Intense. Doppler radar at 7:14 PM shows strong storms approaching the metro from the west, reports of 1/2" hail near Hutchinson. The tornado risk is dropping with each passing hour - bands of heavy showers and T-storms, spaced fairly close together, prevented the sun from coming out and staying out, which would have triggered the extreme instability necessary for (large) tornadoes.
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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.
It could be worse - it could always be worse, right? It won't snow, and the risk of severe weather is very low. Saturday looks fairly nice but some rain is likely Sunday with a few spotty showers and T-showers spilling over into Memorial Day. Not a continuous wash-out, but not exactly postcard-perfect either. Details in the blog.
Talk about a close call - yesterday snow coated the ground across the Dakotas and this morning many towns from central Minnesota into the Dakotas are waking up to frosty temperatures. May is yet another manic month for Minnesota. Things slowly improve as winds diminish and temperatures mellow; Friday and Saturday the 2 best days of the holiday weekend.
Sunday was a curious day; just enough peeks of sun for mid-70s, but that blue sky left the atmosphere very unstable and showery. Nothing severe for most communities, just a few bands of heavy T-storms. Today is the coolest day in sight; it should start to feel like late May again by the end of the week.