Brighter Thursday ahead

Look for increasing sun and a brighter day today! Highs should make the upper 70s to near 80 in southern Minnesota.

Enjoy!

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Update 5:30pm:

A band of showers continues to slide through the metro from west to east.

No severe weather has been reported, and no watches are in effect. Expect showery weather to continue this evening in the metro and much of Minnesota this evening.

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Update 4:40pm:

Dark, thundery & gusty (about 35 mph) at the weather lab in the west metro now, but not severe.

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Storm clouds roll through the weather lab in the west metro at 4:30pm Wednesday.

Update 4:15pm:

NWS has let the warning for Carver & Hennepin expire at 4:15pm.

Scattered storms continue and will move into the west metro through 5pm.

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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

415 PM CDT WED JUN 15 2011

MNZ049-051-059>061-068-070-152215-

ANOKA-CARVER-DAKOTA-HENNEPIN-SHERBURNE-STEARNS-WRIGHT-

415 PM CDT WED JUN 15 2011

AT 411 PM CDT…WEATHER SERVICE RADAR WAS TRACKING STRONG

THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM ENFIELD TO ORONO TO

MARYSTOWN. THESE STORMS WERE MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.

WINDS UP TO 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS.

* LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THESE STORMS INCLUDE…

MAPLE PLAIN.

EXCELSIOR.

WOODLAND.

HAMEL.

PLYMOUTH.

OTSEGO.

PH

Also storms brewing south of metro….

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

402 PM CDT WED JUN 15 2011

MNZ069-070-076>078-083>085-152200-

BLUE EARTH-DAKOTA-GOODHUE-LE SUEUR-RICE-SCOTT-STEELE-WASECA-

402 PM CDT WED JUN 15 2011

AT 357 PM CDT…WEATHER SERVICE RADAR WAS TRACKING STRONG

THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM MARYSTOWN TO 4 MILES

NORTHWEST OF MONTGOMERY TO 4 MILES NORTHEAST OF EAGLE LAKE. THESE

STORMS WERE MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.

PEA SIZE HAIL AND WINDS UP TO 50 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS.

* LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THESE STORMS INCLUDE…

NEW PRAGUE.

GREENLAND.

VESELI.

CRYSTAL BAY.

WEBSTER.

WARSAW.

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

327 PM CDT WED JUN 15 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…

CARVER COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

SOUTHWESTERN HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

EAST CENTRAL MCLEOD COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA…

* UNTIL 415 PM CDT

* AT 325 PM CDT…RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM…CAPABLE OF

PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS

LOCATED NEAR NEW GERMANY…OR ABOUT 19 MILES EAST OF HUTCHINSON…

AND MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.

LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE…

NEW GERMANY…

LESTER PRAIRIE…

PLATO…

NORWOOD/YOUNG AMERICA…

MAYER…

WACONIA…

COLOGNE…

ST BONIFACIUS…

MINNETRISTA…

MOUND…

VICTORIA…

SHOREWOOD…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM…PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR

DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. SEEK SHELTER NOW INSIDE A STURDY

STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

Update 3:20pm:

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

318 PM CDT WED JUN 15 2011

MNZ058>060-066>069-075-076-152115-

CARVER-HENNEPIN-LE SUEUR-MCLEOD-MEEKER-NICOLLET-SCOTT-SIBLEY-WRIGHT-

318 PM CDT WED JUN 15 2011

AT 316 PM CDT…WEATHER SERVICE RADAR WAS TRACKING STRONG

THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 3 MILES SOUTH OF SOUTH

HAVEN TO 4 MILES NORTHEAST OF GLENCOE TO GAYLORD. THESE STORMS WERE

MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

PEA SIZE HAIL AND WINDS UP TO 50 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS.

* LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THESE STORMS INCLUDE…

COKATO.

NEW ROME.

RUSH RIVER.

WAVERLY.

OTTAWA.

WATERTOWN.

Our upper level low pressure system that dumped 1″ to 2″+ rainfall last night is not done quite yet.

We saw some nice midday and early PM sun around mush of southern Minnesota, but as the main rain shield slides north and east into Wisconsin… a secondary band of “wrap around” showers and T-storms is moving in from the west.

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Wrap around T-showers approaching metro form the west Wednesday PM.

-Latest Twin Cities radar loop with lightning strikes

Expect scattered showers and a few T-Storms to return into this evening. The vigorous showers will contain local downpours, gusty winds, lighting and possible small hail. The showers are moving east at about 25 mph.

In the metro, it looks like the most likely window for showers will be between 4pm and 7pm this evening.

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With the spin in the atmosphere today, a couple of “cold air funnels” cannot be ruled out!

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Cold air funnel over Cokato in July 2009

These non severe storm “mini tornadoes” can occasionally touch down and cause minor (EF0 type) damage…and NWS has been known to issue tornado warnings for cold air funnels.

The system should pull east Thursday, leaving behind a nicer, sunnier warm day on Thursday with highs near 80!

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PH

  • Brian

    Can we get a dry warm day without winds of 25 mph?