Summer Arrives On Time: Upper Midwest Storms, Heat Building Nationwide
Happy Saturday to everyone out there! More storms rolled through the upper Midwest last night, and unfortunately more are on the way again today (and Sunday).
Numerous storm reports were recorded in the upper Midwest from Nebraska to Wisconsin yesterday. A total of 13 tornadoes were reported, mostly in South Dakota.
Lots of Warnings: These are all the watches and warnings that were issued since noon on Friday through this morning. National Weather Service offices were quite busy as storms moved through.
Some of the worst damage was in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Minneapolis was hit hard with damaging winds. A number of trees were uprooted and branches snapped off onto cars yesterday evening, only hours after similar scenes were seen 60 miles northwest of the Twin Cities in St. Cloud. Thanks to Nicole for this picture.
Power Outages: This is a view of the Xcel Energy Outage Map from late this morning. Each blue box indicates areas where power outages are being reported – in some areas thousands. As of 10 AM they estimated that 213,500 were without power from the storms, and that up to 488,500 customers had been affected since late Thursday Night. They are calling in help from other electric companies in the Midwest to help restore power, but said that some areas might not be restored until Monday afternoon. Keep up to date on the outages update from Xcel by clicking here.
Heavy Rainfall: These same areas were also hit by very heavy rains. Parking lots became ponds in Oakdale, MN. Thanks to Adrian for this photo.
Since Friday morning, the Twin Cities has seen over 3″ of rain. To put that in perspective, they only average 4.25″ of rain during the whole month of June!
Here are a couple estimates for rain over the next few days. The top image is the European model, which brings another 1-2″ of rain through Wednesday morning to the upper Midwest. The bottom, from the WPC, brings a swath of 1-3″ across Minnesota and Wisconsin through Thursday morning. Either way — more rain for areas that are already waterlogged and don’t need any more!
These same areas also have the potential for even more severe weather the next few days. Might be time to build an ark! Why is this happening?
Heat is building into the northern plains, and storms are forming and moving along the top of that ridge of heat where the jet stream is. We expect the heat to continue building across parts of the nation over the next few days. Check out where we’re forecasting 90 and above temperatures!
Hope you have a great rest of your weekend!
Meteorologist D.J. Kayser
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