Storm reports and rainfall from Monday, more chances this week

June 22, 2015 0 Comments

We experienced quite a nasty complex of severe thunderstorms early Monday morning across the area with damaging winds and heavy rainfall causing major problems in much of the region. While our local wind gusts weren’t quite as strong as some of the unbelievable reports of 80 to 95 mile per hour gusts that came out from the same complex as it rumbled through southeastern South Dakota and northwestern Iowa, it was still very strong and caused a large swath of damage to especially the northern Iowa part of the area locally.

The blue dots indicate damaging wind reports in the area.

The blue dots indicate damaging wind reports in the area.

Beyond the overabundance of damaging winds in this complex of thunderstorms, heavy rainfall was an issue is several locations as two to five inches of rainfall was reported between Ellendale, Minnesota and Cresco, Iowa, including Austin where part of Interstate 90 was closed for a time because of the flood waters shortly after sunrise.

Local rainfall totals from the National Weather Service in La Crosse.

Local rainfall totals from the National Weather Service in La Crosse.

The cold front with the same storm system that produced Monday morning’s severe weather is still moving through the area and may still trigger some scattered showers and thunderstorms in the region. Some spots locally may be affected by this, especially the northeastern most part of Iowa and parts of southwestern Wisconsin. A couple of storms may even fire up in southeast Minnesota, but by far the area of most concern is to our southeast this afternoon and evening.

There is a slight risk of severe weather in far southeastern Minnesota and for the southeastern part of our local area. A marginal risk of severe weather, suggesting that a storm or two may produce hail and gusty winds is in effect for south central Minnesota and northern Iowa.

There is a slight risk of severe weather in far southeastern Minnesota and for the southeastern part of our local area. A marginal risk of severe weather, suggesting that a storm or two may produce hail and gusty winds is in effect for south central Minnesota and northern Iowa.

Here is a more comprehensive list of rainfall totals from around the area.

 

Behind this upcoming cold front, there will be a nice break from rain for a couple of days as Canadian high pressure settles in for a while, dropping humidity levels and severe weather concerns until at least Wednesday. The latest outlook for severe activity from the Storm Prediction Center brings a possible round of strong thunderstorm activity to the region late Wednesday and possibly Thursday morning.

 

A slight risk of severe weather has been placed in our region by the Storm Prediction Center for Wednesday. Large hail and gusty winds will again be possible later that day and for early Thursday.

A slight risk of severe weather has been placed in our region by the Storm Prediction Center for Wednesday. Large hail and gusty winds will again be possible later that day and for early Thursday.

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