The metro missed out on the damaging storms the past 24 hours. A tornado touched down in Gilman (near St. Cloud) doing damage to vehicles, trees, and powerlines. Some structures also took some damage in and around the area. Storm chaser Chad Cowen from LiveStormsMedia.com got awful close to this twister. The storm moves north-northeast and Chad continues to get a good vantage point as it moves away. At the initial touchdown, you can see horizontal vorticies in the footage.
Rainfall over the Weekend: Overall the rain in the metro stayed under 0.50" and with lower dewpoint air in place trails will dry quickly.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. H: 75 Wind: N
Tuesday Night: Dry. L: 60
Wednesday: Increasing clouds, rain late Wed. night. H: 78 L: 64 Wind: SE 2-4
Thursday: Thunderstorms. H: 74 L: 61 Wind: SW 5-10
Friday: Partly cloudy. H: 78 L: 64 Wind: CALM
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Warm. H: 82 L: 62 Wind: NE 2-4
Sunday: Dry. H: 83 L: 63 Wind: SE 5-10
So this is what the Tropics feel like. Dripping dewpoints and true summer heat gave us heat index values close to 100 this weekend. When relative humidity is this high the body cannot easily cool itself through the process of evaporation. Cyclists can quickly be overcome by heat-related illness in condition like this, so hope you've been stayin' cool!
Humidity Drops and Temps Lower: By next week, this soupy airmass gets shoved south as a result of a strong cold front. Expect more comfortable conditions, with drier weather late in the week.
Saturday: Cloudy, muggy breezy. H: 84 Wind: SE 10-15 G 20
Saturday Night: Thunderstorms, heaviest west of metro. L: 73
Sunday: Party cloudy, more storms Sunday night. H: 89 L: 68 Wind: SW 10
Monday: Showers and storms, especially late. H: 83 L: 65 Wind: W 4
Tuesday: Rain, some heavy at times. H: 70 L: 58 Wind: NE 10
I'm told fatbikes only at the River Bottoms...simply too sandy for the skinnies. I plan to ride there this weekend to check out what the flooding rains of June have done to the trail. As of lately, however, soil moisture has been greatly depleted with the drier than normal conditions of July and August.
Saturday will be the day for rain this weekend. Additional rain is likely early next week.
Saturday: Isolated thundershowers. H: 85 Wind: S 2-4
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. L: 67
Sunday: Partly sunny. H: 83 L: 66 Wind: E 4
Monday: Cloudy, thunderstorms. H: 81 L: 67 Wind: SE 7
Tuesday: Showers. H: 82 L: 64 Wind: WNW 4
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Dry. H: 83 L: 66 Wind: SE 2-4
Outer Space vs Our Ocean: Here's a sobering statistic, the government funding difference between NASA and NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) is 150-to-1. One reason why? While we can look up at the stars from anywhere on Earth, we remain completely disconnected to the deep sea life.
What's even more fascinating are the immense benefits we could receive by studying the oceans.
Look for dry weather to resume the rest of this week. Next chance of rain not until Friday night-Saturday morning. Stay tuned.
Tuesday: Sunny. H: 77 Wind: NW 7
Tuesday Night: Clear. L: 61
Wednesday: Dry. H: 84 L: 62 Wind: SW 4
Thursday: Seasonable. H: 82 L: 64 Wind: SW 4
Friday: Partly cloudy, thunder late. H: 85 L: 66 Wind: S 5-10
Saturday: Morning rain & clouds. PM clearing. H: 86 L: 67 Wind: SW 10
Sunday: Isolated shower. H: 83 L: 67 Wind: SE 4-7
We're in luck, dry weather continues through the weekend. Next chance of rain not until Sunday night.
Saturday: Broken sun. H: 80 Wind: SE 10
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy L: 65
Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Thunder late. H: 84 L: 66 Wind: SE 4
Monday: Lingering early morning rain, then clearing H: 80 L: 60 Wind: NW 10
Tuesday: Sunny. H: 80 L: 62 Wind: NW 4
Wednesday: Dry. H: 81 L: 63 Wind: SW 2-4
Initial Soil Moisture: This great graphic below is showing soil moisture (NCEP model) in the first 6 feet of soil. Despite our wet June the soil in the metro is still only holding around 17 inches of water.
We sit in the sweet spot this week. Northeasterly flow from high pressure anchored over the Great Lakes will continue to feed dry and low dewpoint air into the metro. Want a more tacky trail? Rain chances increase into the weekend with scattered t-storms.
Tuesday: Sunny. H: 80 Wind: NE 4
Tuesday Night: Clear. L: 61
Wednesday: Partly sunny. H: 81 L: 62 Wind: E 4-7
Thursday: Increasing clouds. Storms likely Thursday night. H: 78 L: 63 Wind: SE 10
Friday: Isolated thundershowers. H: 76 L: 64 Wind: SE 5-10
Saturday: Hit-or-miss thunderstorms. H: 81 L: 62 Wind: SE 4
Sunday: A passing shower. H: 80 L: 61 Wind: SE 4
A few hit-or-miss showers Sunday followed by a higher chance of rain next week as a front stalls over central Minnesota. Get your riding in while the trails are still good.
Saturday: Sunny. H: 86 Wind: SW 2
Saturday Night: Clear. L: 66
Sunday: Isolated thundershower. H: 85 L: 65 Wind: SW 2-4
Monday: Increasing thunder potential. H: 83 L: 64 Wind: SE 2
Tuesday: Heavy rain. H: 80 L: 67 Wind: E 10
Wednesday: Rain, some heavy at times. H: 75 L: 61 Wind: E 5
A Funnel within a Funnel: Severe weather tends to decrease late in summer across the country. The atmosphere aloft begins to warm as the jet stream continues to drift north into Canada.
Have a look at this latest tool to view every tornado track from 1950-2013 for any county or region in the Midwest, broken down by EF-type:
Came across the vintage photo from the NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) Photo Library of a rope tornado encased within it's own funnel in Jasper, MN.
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
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