Severe weather pushed across the state of Minnesota on Sunday. Tornado watches along with severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were issued across a good share of the region.
There were several reports of tornadoes in Meeker county around the Grove City area. Radar indicated that there was strong rotation northwest of the city. In addition, there were damaging winds from Douglas, Traverse, Pope, Lac Qui Parle, Stearns, Lincoln, Yellow Medicine, Aitkin, Meeker,
and Renville counties. West of Alexandria, for example, large trees were downed. In the Starbuck area large trees of up to 30" in diameter were downed. In the Brandon area power lines were downed along with many trees. Also, many trees were snapped in the Sauk Centre area along with large grain equipment and some trailers were flipped in and around that city. Power was also out in the Renville area.
Thankfully, the area received a break from the severe weather on Monday and Tuesday. The severe weather threat and pushed south and east of Minnesota.
By the midweek, severe weather will organize out in Wyoming and Montana. That system will eventually arrive in the Upper Midwest and could bring some additional severe weather to Minnesota by Thursday and into the weekend.
Have a safe week and upcoming weekend and keep an eye and ear to changing weather conditions.
In 1933 a heat wave swept across the state. Most of Minnesota was in the 100's for daytime highs.
Weather fact: Temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region and last for several weeks are defined as extreme heat. Humid or muggy conditions, which add to the discomfort of high temperatures, occur when a "dome" of high atmospheric pressure traps hazy, damp air near the ground. Excessively dry and hot conditions can provoke dust storms and low visibility.
MINNESOTA AT A GLANCE
Duluth....Low 50... High 74
Alexandria...Low 56... High 76
Twin Cities...Low 60...High 78
Rochester...Low 58...High 75
Partly cloudy, 20% chance of showers/t-storms mainly south. High 76 Low 63 Winds: E 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10"
Today's sunrise: 5:38 a.m .Today's sunset: 9:12 p.m.
Normal High: 82 Normal Low: 61
Rain chances will start returning by the mid-week with the best chances Thursday and again over the weekend at this stage.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy and warm, 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 76 Low 66 Winds: SE 10-15 mph Prec. .10"-.75"
Friday: Variable cloudiness and warm, 40% chance of showers/t-storms. High 85 Low 72 Winds: S 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20"
Saturday: Partly cloudy and warm, 40% chance of showers/t-storms. High 89 Low 72 Winds: SW 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.30"
Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy, 50% chance of showers/t-storms. High 88 Low 69 Wind: SW/W 10-15 mph Prec. .25"-.75"