5:00 p.m. update: Winds of 50-60mph have been reported around Charles City and Oelwein, taking some large branches down. There’s a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Fayette County until 5:30 p.m..
4:15 p.m. update: <Drumming fingers against table waiting for at least a drop of rain in Rochester.> The line has weakened greatly, but individual cells have popped up in southeastern Minnesota. There’s a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Wabasha County until 5 p.m.. Other cells have popped up in Fillmore County (not severe). The line continues it’s jaunt eastward in north Iowa…will affect the Decorah area in the next hour or so.
3:15 p.m. update: Storms are rolling through the Mason City area…roughly stretching right along I-35 from Albert Lea to south of Mason City. Gusty winds are all that’s been reported.
2:15 p.m. update: No big reports coming in from this line. The northern extent of it has shown some sign of weakening…Owatonna and Albert Lea can expect to see it a little after 2:30 p.m. The Mason City area can expect it around 3 p.m..once again…high winds and small hail will be possible with it. There aren’t any warnings in effect at this time, but we still have the Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 6 p.m..
1:30 p.m. update: A line of storms are pushing in from the west…currently affecting Faribault, Kossuth counties. Many of the reports have been for high winds and small hail. We’ve got our eye on it as it heads east…roughly at about 35 mph.
Noon update: Aside from the heat, we have some hefty storms headed in from the west. There’s a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 6 p.m. for nearly the entire area.
Heat Advisory Info:
Step outside today and you automatically start to sweat. We’re all lemons in a big juicer today (and yesterday, too).
A Heat Advisory is in effect for the entire area through the evening hours.
Temperatures will approach the mid 90s today – combine that with dew points in the 60s and 70s, and heat indicies will climb to the 100° to 105° mark. Sitting in the shade may help, but it’ll (obviously) feel even hotter in the sun.
Wonder how they find the heat index – aka what it “feels like” outside? You can take a peek at the image to the left, or for even MORE fun, here’s a fun tool from the National Weather Serivce.
A reminder that heat cramps, sunstroke, and heat stroke can come on quickly if you overexert yourself in such weather. Heat stroke and sunstroke can be life threatening.
Some helpful tips: limit time outdoors, or stay in the shade as much as possible if you have to be outdoors. Drink lots of cool liquids – especially water. Check on the elderly, kids, and pets to make sure they are doing OK. And if you have to be outdoors today – sunscreen is a necessity. It’ll only take 15 minutes or so for you to burn.
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This post was written by Steph on June 23, 2009