We’re getting a little break from severe weather today as the warm front that triggered some strong thunderstorms last night pushes northward through the Upper Mississippi Valley and away from our area, setting the stage for a windy, hot, and humid day, but one with a “capped” atmosphere, or in other words it’ll be too warm aloft for thunderstorms to develop through the rest of the day locally. It’s also likely to be the warmest day of the week and possibly the entire year so far as strong south winds will work to mix down some pretty warm air, combining with tons of sun to warm temperatures at the surface well into the 90s. We’ll likely see low to mid 90s around the local area this afternoon with heat indices close to 100 by mid to late afternoon. Those south winds will occasionally gust beyond 30mph, possibly making the heat more bearable, but probably not much more.
Speaking of the intense thunderstorms from last night, some of those slid through the north portion of our viewing area between 4:00 and 6:00 AM today, producing some strong wind gusts and hail, but thankfully because they were moving eastward at 60mph, there wasn’t a lot of heavy rainfall produced. Here’s a look at some of the damage reports from the region:
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 518 AM CDT TUE JUN 19 2012 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 0211 AM TSTM WND GST HUTCHINSON 44.89N 94.37W 06/19/2012 M53.00 MPH MCLEOD MN AWOS MEASURED AT HUTCHINSON AIRPORT 0240 AM HAIL REDWOOD FALLS 44.54N 95.11W 06/19/2012 M0.75 INCH REDWOOD MN BROADCAST MEDIA DIME SIZED HAIL 0243 AM TSTM WND GST REDWOOD FALLS 44.54N 95.11W 06/19/2012 M45.00 MPH REDWOOD MN ASOS MEASURED AT REDWOOD FALLS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT 0255 AM HAIL 10 SE REDWOOD FALLS 44.44N 94.97W 06/19/2012 M0.75 INCH REDWOOD MN BROADCAST MEDIA NICKEL SIZED HAIL NEAR GILFILLAN 0255 AM HAIL MORGAN 44.42N 94.92W 06/19/2012 M0.75 INCH REDWOOD MN BROADCAST MEDIA DIME SIZED HAIL 0300 AM HAIL PLYMOUTH 45.02N 93.46W 06/19/2012 M0.75 INCH HENNEPIN MN NWS EMPLOYEE DIME SIZED HAIL 0301 AM TSTM WND GST CRYSTAL 45.04N 93.36W 06/19/2012 M46.00 MPH HENNEPIN MN ASOS MEASURED AT MINNEAPOLIS CRYSTAL AIRPORT 0302 AM TSTM WND GST EDEN PRAIRIE 44.85N 93.46W 06/19/2012 M53.00 MPH HENNEPIN MN ASOS MEASURED AT FLYING CLOUD AIRPORT. 0303 AM HAIL FAIRFAX 44.53N 94.72W 06/19/2012 M0.75 INCH RENVILLE MN LAW ENFORCEMENT DIME SIZED HAIL 0313 AM TSTM WND GST NEW ULM 44.31N 94.46W 06/19/2012 M49.00 MPH BROWN MN AWOS REPORTED AT NEW ULM MUNICIPAL AIRPORT 0314 AM TSTM WND GST MINNEAPOLIS 44.96N 93.27W 06/19/2012 M44.00 MPH HENNEPIN MN ASOS MEASURED AT MINNEAPOLIS ST PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 0321 AM HAIL WINTHROP 44.54N 94.36W 06/19/2012 M0.88 INCH SIBLEY MN LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED BY POLICE DEPARTMENT 0330 AM HAIL GAYLORD 44.55N 94.22W 06/19/2012 M1.00 INCH SIBLEY MN TRAINED SPOTTER ENOUGH HAIL TO MAKE THE GROUND WHITE 0330 AM TSTM WND GST 2 NNW NEW GERMANY 44.91N 93.99W 06/19/2012 M56.00 MPH CARVER MN MESONET MEASURED BY MNDOT SENSOR ON BWY 7 AT MILE POST 161. 0335 AM TSTM WND DMG LESTER PRAIRIE 44.88N 94.04W 06/19/2012 MCLEOD MN TRAINED SPOTTER LARGE TREE ON HOUSE. TIME ESTIMATED BY RADAR. 0345 AM HAIL LE CENTER 44.39N 93.73W 06/19/2012 E0.75 INCH LE SUEUR MN EMERGENCY MNGR PENNY SIZED HAIL AND WINDS APPROXIMATELY 30 MPH. 0352 AM TSTM WND GST 4 ENE HENDERSON 44.55N 93.83W 06/19/2012 M66.00 MPH SCOTT MN MESONET MNDOT ROAD SENSOR 0355 AM TSTM WND GST BELLE PLAINE 44.62N 93.76W 06/19/2012 M83.00 MPH SCOTT MN FIRE DEPT/RESCUE 0355 AM HAIL BELLE PLAINE 44.62N 93.76W 06/19/2012 M1.00 INCH SCOTT MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0359 AM TSTM WND GST 1 N NEW PRAGUE 44.56N 93.57W 06/19/2012 M80.00 MPH SCOTT MN EMERGENCY MNGR MEASURED BY SPOTTER AT CO RD 2 AND 21. REPORTED BY EMERGENCY MANAGER. 0400 AM TSTM WND GST 1 E SAVAGE 44.76N 93.34W 06/19/2012 M63.00 MPH SCOTT MN MESONET APRSWXNET SENSOR. TIME ESTIMATED. 0403 AM TSTM WND GST PRIOR LAKE 44.73N 93.43W 06/19/2012 M60.00 MPH SCOTT MN NWS EMPLOYEE 0404 AM TSTM WND GST EDEN PRAIRIE 44.85N 93.46W 06/19/2012 M54.00 MPH HENNEPIN MN ASOS MEASURED AT FLYING CLOUD AIRPORT 0410 AM HAIL LAKEVILLE 44.68N 93.24W 06/19/2012 M0.75 INCH DAKOTA MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0410 AM TSTM WND DMG LAKEVILLE 44.68N 93.24W 06/19/2012 DAKOTA MN TRAINED SPOTTER 10 INCH DIAMETER TREE DOWNED 0411 AM TSTM WND GST LAKEVILLE 44.68N 93.24W 06/19/2012 M54.00 MPH DAKOTA MN AWOS REPORTED AT LAKEVILLE AIRPORT 0414 AM TSTM WND GST FARIBAULT 44.30N 93.27W 06/19/2012 M55.00 MPH RICE MN AWOS MEASURED AT FARIBAULT MUNICIPAL AIRPORT 0415 AM TSTM WND DMG 2 SSW ROSEMOUNT 44.72N 93.09W 06/19/2012 DAKOTA MN TRAINED SPOTTER 30 FT TREE DOWN. WOOD FENCE BLOWN OVER. NEAR INTERSECTION OF SHANNON PARKWAY AND HWY 46. TIME ESTIMATED BY RADAR. 0419 AM TSTM WND GST MINNEAPOLIS 44.96N 93.27W 06/19/2012 M54.00 MPH HENNEPIN MN ASOS MEASURED AT MINNEAPOLIS ST PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. 0423 AM TSTM WND DMG EAGAN 44.82N 93.16W 06/19/2012 DAKOTA MN TRAINED SPOTTER 30 FT TALL PINE TREE UPROOTED. BRANCHES BROKEN OFF OTHER TREES. 0425 AM HAIL DUNDAS 44.43N 93.20W 06/19/2012 M1.00 INCH RICE MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0429 AM TSTM WND GST ST PAUL 44.95N 93.10W 06/19/2012 M64.00 MPH RAMSEY MN ASOS REPORTED AT ST PAUL DOWNTOWN AIRPORT 0430 AM TSTM WND DMG HASTINGS 44.73N 92.85W 06/19/2012 DAKOTA MN PUBLIC 18 INCH DIAMETER TREE UPROOTED. 0433 AM TSTM WND GST STANTON 44.47N 93.02W 06/19/2012 M63.00 MPH GOODHUE MN AWOS REPORTED AT STANTON AIRFIELD 0438 AM HAIL PRESCOTT 44.75N 92.79W 06/19/2012 M1.25 INCH PIERCE WI LAW ENFORCEMENT
We’re The next round of thunderstorm activity is expected to develop tonight, especially late in the evening through the overnight period when a few storms may become severe and heavy rainfall will become a concern because of the slow- moving nature of the approaching cold front. That front will move through the local area early tomorrow and then stall, continuing to spark thunderstorm chances through the day, keeping the day gray and a bit cooler, but also quite wet as rainfall totals may exceed an inch in a couple of spots. Because of that, a Flood Watch has been posted for Goodhue and Rice Counties locally and for a large portion of central Minnesota where recent heavy rains have left river levels very high and flooding is a bigger concern right now.
Incidentally, summer officially begins Wednesday at 6:09 PM local time. Happy last full day of spring!
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This post was written by tschmidt on June 19, 2012