Storms with An Attitude
For those of you out and about in the Northern Plains this afternoon, stay tuned to your local media outlet and have a NOAA weather radio handy. We are watching a potent area of low pressure and sharp cold front swing across the Dakotas and into Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin later on today. A slight risk of severe weather exists from St. Cloud and the Twin Cities, over toward Eau Claire, then down through Dubuque and Des Moines, up through Albert Lea and Alexandria, Minnesota. Large hail, damaging wind gusts, and even a few isolated tornadoes are possible in this area toward the late evening hours. Closer to the low, parts of North Dakota could pick up 2 to 4-inches of rain over the next 24 hours. Ahead of our front, highs are expected to climb into the 70s and 80s. Behind the front, temperatures fall into the 50s and 60s for highs. A strong wind and showers will make for a raw day across the Dakotas. Wind advisories are out from North Dakota all the way to Oklahoma for winds gusting over 40 mph at times.
Down in the Bay of Campeche, Tropical Depression #10 became Tropical Storm Hermine early this morning. Winds have increased to 50 mph sustained, with higher gusts. Hermine is moving north-northwestward, and expected to turn northwestward toward the coast of northern Mexico and south Texas tonight. She could briefly reach hurricane status before making landfall. Tropical storm warnings are in effect from Tampico, Mexico up to Port O’Connor, Texas, and a new hurricane watch is in effect from Rio San Fernando, Mexico northward to Baffin Bay, Texas. Meanwhile, the remnants of Gaston have yet to become organized for this system to regain its tropical cyclone status. The National Hurricane Center has the cluster of unorganized storms at a 70% chance of once again taking on tropical cyclone status within the next 48 hours.Hope you had a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend! Back to work for most of us tomorrow after a long weekend, and in Minnesota, it’s back to school for kids!
Meteorologist Bryan Karrick, WeatherNation LLC