Stormy Twin Cities, Overpass Debate and Foggy Start to US Open
Thursday, June 14th, 2012
A stormy start to the day in the Twin Cities. 9:30am and it looked more like nightfall. I captured this photo of a shelf cloud from round #1 as it moved into the Twin Cities earlier today.
Round #2 is expected to start popping up anywhere from 2pm to 4pm around the Twin Cities and move into Wisconsin though the evening. Hail, high winds and an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out. Have those weather radios handy in case threatening weather slides into your neck of the woods!
Severe Weather Threat Today
A front moving through the middle part of the country will continue kicking off strong to severe storms through the afternoon and evening hours today. Hail, high winds and an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out in the areas shaded in yellow below.
Big Dents in Dallas
A stormy scenario unfolded in the Dallas area last night. Baseball size hail fell creating dangerous situations on the roads. Check out what happened as drivers tried to take cover under an overpass. Other drivers were stuck in the middle of the freeway.
The National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma shared this photo below on Facebook as an example of why it’s not a good idea for drivers to take shelter under overpasses. You can read more of the discussion here. What do you think? Have you ever been caught driving in a hail storm and what did you do? We welcome your comments.
If you want an idea of the size of the hail falling in the Dallas area at the time, check out the video on YouTube.
You can read more from the Dallasnews.com and see some of the damage caused by the hail storm. The incredible photo below is from G.J. McCarthy/Staff Photographer at Dallas News… Could you image being caught outside in something like this?
Smoky Scenes From the Front Range
Smoke is the issue in parts of the Southwest. Check out the hazy skies in Denver.
“Traffic flows into the city of Denver on Interstate 25 as heavy smoke from the High Park wildfire near Fort Collins, Colo., shrouds the city on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Authorities have issued health warnings as smoke and haze from the wildfire 60 miles to the north have blanketed the front range.” (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
The photo below is from an article titled “US wildfires fuel urgency for forest restoration”. Read more here.
Foggy Start to the U.S. Open
In San Francisco, U.S. Open play began today on the Lake Course at The Olympic Club. And it was another foggy morning.
This was the view yesterday.
“Bubba Watson hits a shot on the second hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.” (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) via KTVU.com
U.S. Open Forecast
It might be sweater weather in the Bay Area during the mornings, but no widespread rain is in the forecast this Father’s Day weekend. The weather looks pretty decent through Sunday with highs in the upper sixties to low seventies Wind gusts today and tomorrow could reach the mid 20’s but taper a bit for the weekend. Below is the forecast for San Francisco the next four days.
Thanks for checking in on this Thursday and have a great rest of your week.
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