I had a chance to get to Target Field Thursday night for the Twins vs. Phillies series and I’m still in awe of the park! I can’t go over how picturesque it is (no matter where your are). Thunderstorms with flooding rains set up just south of the Twin Cities, meanwhile the sun was peeking out across parts of the Metro.
MN Lakes and Rivers on the Rise
Check out this picture from a good friend of mine, Paul Sundberg, who snapped this shot from Jay Cooke State Park in northeastern Minnesota. Read his commentary below and check out his other spectacular photos at his website:
“Along with some friends I conducted two photo workshops this last weekend. One on photographing birds and wildlife at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais and the other on photographing wild flowers at Jay Cooke State Park. But the excitement was not in the wildflowers due to the huge amount of water coming through the St. Louis River gorge. I cannot remember seeing this much water coming through Jay Cooke State Park. Standing on the swinging bridge was incredible.Some extreme kayakers came over the falls while the class was looking at the rapids. I could not imagine kayaking through rapids like that. As they came under the swinging bridge they had a very short margin of error to get themselves across the current and into the eddy where they could take their kayaks out of the river. I don’t think any kayaker could have continued beyond that point into the lower valley.
As the sun was setting some of us went to view the water coming out of the dam. The noise was like a huge freight train bearing down on you. The evening light made for some great slow motion shots of the water crashing over the rocks.”
Saturday Severe Threat
The Storm Prediction Center has parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin under a SLIGHT RISK of severe weather for Saturday. The primary threat for Saturday’s storms would be hail and high winds.
The HPC rainfall forecast from 7pm Friday to 7pm Saturday suggests that parts of the northern and central Plains could see up to an additional 1″ or more (in pockets where thunderstorms develop).
Big Dents in Dallas, TX
A massive hail storm in Dallas, TX earlier this week may result in several hundred millions dollars in insurance claims!
“The hail storms were the worst in the North Texas and Dallas area since April 2003, the National Weather Service said on Thursday. The storms likely caused hundreds of millions of dollars in insured losses, and may even top the $400 million in losses from a series of tornadoes two months ago, the Insurance Council of Texas said on Thursday. No serious injuries were reported.“
Soccer Match Halted Due to Thunderstorm
“DONETSK, Ukraine — The Ukraine-France game at the European Championship was halted for nearly an hour Friday because of a fierce thunderstorm.
Just five minutes into the game, Dutch referee Bjoern Kuipers pointed upward and blew his whistle, signaling a rare stoppage for weather. The players sprinted to the tunnel at Donbass Arena as torrential rain poured and lightning flashed in the night sky.”
Thanks for checking in and have a great weekend (Father’s Day Weekend) Ahead!
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-Meteorologist Todd Nelson-