Season’s 1st severe shot: Wind, rain, damage; 3rd earliest ice out on ‘Tonka?

1st severe weather warnings and damage reports of 2012 Monday evening

Possible tornado near Elysian in Le Sueur County just south of the metro?

.52″ much needed rainfall at MSP Airport

.56″ at Flying Cloud in Eden Prairie

1″+ in parts of southern Minnesota

12,000+ without power at the height of the storm

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Source: Xcel Energy

Unsettled & showery – April like weather the rest of this week

It’s here.

Ice out on Minnetonka and severe storms in on the same day in March? Ugh…

If Monday’s first shot of severe weather coming on March 19th is any indication, it’s going to be a long, busy summer in the weather lab.

The line of storms rolled though Monday evening with downpours, wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph and bright flashes of lightning.

There are a few reports of damage.

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PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT…SUMMARY

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

946 PM CDT MON MAR 19 2012

..TIME… …EVENT… …CITY LOCATION… …LAT.LON…

..DATE… ….MAG…. ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. …SOURCE….

..REMARKS..

0602 PM TSTM WND DMG EAGLE BEND 46.17N 95.03W

03/19/2012 TODD MN LAW ENFORCEMENT

DAMAGE TO BARN AND A FEW TREES SNAPPED OFF.

0605 PM TSTM WND DMG CARVER 44.76N 93.63W

03/19/2012 CARVER MN NWS EMPLOYEE

DAMAGE TO GAS STATION IN DOWNTOWN CARVER. ROOF OF GAS

PUMPS HAD SHEET METAL RIPPED OFF.

0615 PM TSTM WND GST GLENVILLE 43.57N 93.28W

03/19/2012 M56.00 MPH FREEBORN MN TRAINED SPOTTER

0636 PM TSTM WND DMG ELYSIAN 44.20N 93.68W

03/19/2012 LE SUEUR MN LAW ENFORCEMENT

FORTY FOOT EVERGREEN TREE TOPPLED.

0636 PM TSTM WND DMG ELYSIAN 44.20N 93.68W

03/19/2012 LE SUEUR MN EMERGENCY MNGR

NUMEROUS ROOFS RIPPED OFF BETWEEN LAKE ELYSIAN AND LAKE

FRANCIS. PUBLIC REPORT OF POSSIBLE TORNADO.

0642 PM TSTM WND DMG ELYSIAN 44.20N 93.68W

03/19/2012 LE SUEUR MN LAW ENFORCEMENT

TWO SMALL BOATS FLIPPED OVER AT LAKE ELYSIAN.

The good news? I picked up .a much needed .40″ of rainfall at the weather lab. As much as .50″ to 1″+ fell over much of the metro and southern MN.

Tonka ice out Monday?

Still awaiting official announcement from the Freshwater Society, but to my eyes it looks like Lake Minnetonka was ice free and navigable Monday afternoon.

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St. Louis Bay looking west out to the “main” lower lake on Minnetonka ice free Monday afternoon.

Photo credit: Paul Huttner

If true, it’s the 3rd earliest ice out on record for the big west metro lake, and the earliest in 12 years.

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Source: Freshwater Society

Look for an unsettled April like week with temps in the 60s and occasional bouts of (much needed) showers.

PH

  • Matt Black

    Based on your forecast comments around 5:30, it sounded like we weren’t in for anything severe; SPC didn’t seem to think so either. What changed that caused this storm to get so intense so quickly?

  • Disco

    @Matt Black

    It wasn’t severe for most of us. We got a good amount of rain and lost power for 30+ minutes, but I wouldn’t call it severe.

  • TJ

    It got heavy in south Minneapolis by Lake Nokomis. Our neighbor had a 35′ evergreen blown down, and the alleys were filled with blown over trashcans and recycling containers.