EF0 Tornado in Atwater Minnesota - Friday Evening
According to the National Weather Service an EF0 tornado touched down in Atwater, MN on Friday evening with peak winds estimated at 80mph and tracked east along highway 12 for nearly 11 miles.
Pockets of tree damage, an overturned trailer, and some other minor structural damage to sheds and pole barns resulted in the tornado damage.
Somewhat Unsettled Sunday
We've had a few days of unsettled weather and since late last week, some folks have had quite a bit of rain. Sunday will feature more unsettled weather, but the best chance of storms looks to sag farther south.
High Temps Sunday
Sunday will be a fairly warm and sticky day across the region with highs in the low to mid 80s and dewpoints in the 60s to near 70F. Spotty showers and storms will ling across the region as well, but the heaviest and steadiest stuff should sag to the south a bit.
Here's a look at the weather as we head through the rest of weekend and into early next week. Scattered showers and storms will continue across the Upper Midwest on Sunday and our unsettled weather continues. Spotty strong to severe storms along with locally heavy rainfall can't be ruled out.
NOAA's NDFD suggests heavy rainfall potential across much of central and southern Minnesota through the weekend and early next week. Several round of storms could produce up to 1" to 2" of rain in some spots. Localized flooding can't be ruled out, especially over southern Minnesota.
Severe Risk on Sunday & Monday
According to NOAA's SPC, there is a risk of strong to severe storms across parts of the state on Sunday and Monday. The main threat will be large hail and damaging winds.
Extended Temperature Outlook
The extended forecast through mid August suggests much warmer weather moving in with highs approaching 90F several days as we head through the first full week of August. The GEFS forecast (top image) seems a little warmer than the ECMWF (bottom image), but both show warmer into August... get the ACs ready.
Welcome to the Age of Turbocharged Weather
By Paul Douglas
"The single raindrop never feels responsible for the flood" wrote Douglas Adams. Our neighbors just texted us a photo of our Weber grill, which became airborne Friday evening, winding up in their window well.
I'm out east, celebrating my dad's 88th birthday, but we're stuck in the house. Over 10 inches of rain has fallen in recent days, cutting off roads.
In a warming climate the dries are getting drier - and the wets are trending wetter. Flooding is the costliest natural disaster in the USA.
Last year it accounted for $268 billion in damage; a number that has grown steadily in recent decades. What's changed? Slowing weather systems and stalled storms sparking more "inland flooding"; miles away from any stream or river. Not every day or every storm, but keep connecting the dots.
My drip dries are drooping. The sun peeks out Sunday, but more gangs of slow-moving storms return tonight and Monday. Dry weather lingers Tuesday into the weekend with a big warming trend. Expect upper 80s to near 90F by late week as Mother Nature embraces us in a warm, sticky hug. Cue the Dog Days!
SUNDAY: Sticky, Few T-storms. Winds: SW 8-13. High: 87.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Chance of showers and storms. Winds: SW 5-10. Low: 67
MONDAY: T-storm risk, mainly southern MN. Winds: NW 7-12. High: 82.
TUESDAY: A well-earned sunny, dry day. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 65. High: 84.
WEDNESDAY: Warm sunshine, no blobs on Doppler. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 64. High: 87.
THURSDAY: Sticky sunshine, lake-worthy. Winds: SW 5-10. Wake-up: 68. High: 89.
FRIDAY: Tropical humidity, isolated T-storm. Winds: S 5-10. Wake-up: 68. High: 88.
SATURDAY: Hello Dog Days. Hot sunshine. Winds: S 5-10. Wake-up: 69. High: 90.
This Day in Weather History
1904: A Detroit Lakes woman is hit by lightning. It melts her hairpins and the steel in her corset, but does not kill her.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 82F (Record: 100F set in 1947)
Average Low: 63F (Record: 48F set in 1994)
Record Rainfall: 1.88" set in 1898
Record Snowfall: NONE
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Hours of Daylight: ~14 hours & 31 minutes
Daylight LOST since yesterday: ~2 minutes & 31 seconds
Daylight LOST since summer solstice (June 21st): 1 hour and 6 Minutes
Moon Phase for August 5th at Midnight
1.5 Days After Last Quarter
According to NOAA's National Hurricane Center, there is a wave of energy that has a low chance of tropical formation within the next 5 days. Stay tuned...
Eastern Pacific Outlook
The NHC will continue issuing advisories for Hurricane Hector in the Eastern Pacific, which is the 8th named storm and the 4th hurricane of the season. There are also 3 other waves that the NHC is watching, 1 has now become Tropical Depression ELEVEN and the other 2 have a high chance of tropical formation over the next 5 days.
According to NOAA's NHC, Hector became a major hurricane and will continue to drift west over the next several days. Interestingly, Hector could get close to Hawaii by next week!
This is neat map from NOAA's NHC, which shows where we typically see tropical cyclones develop in the early part of August. Note that in the Atlantic, we start seeing more activity in the Central Atlantic and near the Cape Verge Islands off the western tip of Africa.
Average Peak of Atlantic Hurricane Season
According to NOAA, the average peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season is on September 10th. Note that activity (on average) in late June and early July remains pretty tame. Things really start to heat up in August and September though!
2018 Lightning Fatalities - FIFTEEN
Did you know that lightning ranks as one of the top weather related killers in the U.S.? An average of nearly 50 people are killed each year in the United States and so far this year, 15 people have died from lightning; 12 have been males and only 3 have been females. Interestingly, from 2008-2017, 232 males have died, while only 64 females have died.
See Lightning Safety Tips From NOAA HERE:
Average Tornadoes in August By State
Here's the average number of tornadoes during the month of August by state. Florida sees the most with 7, while Minnesota averages 5 tornadoes. During the dog days of Summer, the tornado count typically fades across the nation.
3-7 Day Hazard Forecast
1.) Heavy rain from far eastern Oklahoma eastward to Tennessee, and far northern parts of Mississippi and Alabama, Mon-Tue, Aug 6-7.
2.) Heavy rain from northeast Texas eastward across the Lower Mississippi Valley, Wed-Thu, Aug 8-9.
3.) Heavy rain for the southern Alaska coast from about Whittier to Glacier Bay, Tue-Wed, Aug 7-8.
4.) Excessive heat for the northern Intermountain region and northern Rockies, Tue-Fri, Aug 7-10.
5.) Flooding remains possible over the mid-Atlantic.
6.) Flooding is occurring in west-central Florida.
7.) Slight risk of excessive heat for interior northern California, northern and central portions of the Intermountain Region, the northern Rockies, and the northern High Plains, Sat-Sun, Aug 11-12.
8.) Slight risk of heavy rain for the desert Southwest, Sat-Fri, Aug 11-17.
9.) Slight risk of heavy rain for central and eastern portions of Texas, Sat-Mon, Aug 11-13.
10.) Severe Drought across the Central and Southern Plains, the Central and Southern Rockies, the Lower and Middle Mississippi Valley, the Great Basin, California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest.
Temperature Anomaly on Saturday
The temperature anomaly across North America on Saturday showed temperatures well above average across the Southwest US and across the Dakotas. Meanwhile, the southern US was dealing with cooler than average temps, which at this time of the year is pretty comfortable.
Here's the temperature anomaly as we head through the first weekend of August. Warmer temps will continue through the weekend across the Upper Midwest, but cooler reading will return early next.
Weather Outlook Ahead
The weather loop below shows active weather continuing in the Central US through the rest of the weekend and into early next week with areas of locally heavy rain and possibly a few strong to severe storms. Spotty storms will be possible across the Eastern US and especially in the Northeast.
7 Day Precipitation Outlook
According to NOAA's WPC, the 7-day precipitation outlook suggests areas of heavy rain across the Southern and Eastern US with several inches of rain possible as we head into the first part of August. Lingering showers and storms over the Midwest could bring several inches of precipitation there as well.
US Drought Outlook
Here is the national drought map from July 24th, which shows extreme and exceptional drought conditions across much of the Four-Corners region and for a few areas in the Central and Southern Plains. The good news is that the Monsoon season continues in the Southwest, so some locations should continue to see improvement there.
8 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook
According to NOAA's CPC, August 12th - 18th will be warmer than average across much of the northern US, but it'll be cooler than average across the Southern US and Alaska.
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