4th of July: Hot sun, more humidity. Storms far northwest by late afternoon/evening. Winds: S 10-15. High: near 90
MONDAY NIGHT: Muggy and warm with a few thunderstorms late. Low: 74
86 F. high in the Twin Cities on Sunday.
Hotter, More Humid Today. South wind at 10-15. Expect plenty of sun, dew points rising into the 63-67 range, falling barometer. We had two days of low humidity - now it's back to typical summer stickiness.
Severe Storms Northwestern Minnesota. SPC has all of northwestern and portions of central Minnesota in a "slight risk" of isolated severe storms late Monday. Fireworks may have to compete with some flashing & splashing, especially north and west of Brainerd and Detroit Lakes.
Thundery Tuesday: the chance of T-storms will increase Tuesday; the latest NAM model prints out .41" rain for the metro area Tuesday.
Fireworks Trivia. Who knew?
Wall Cloud. WeatherNation meteorologist D.J. Kayser took this photo of a rapidly rotating supercell T-storm and a vivid wall cloud near Avon Friday evening. This is the storm that went on to produce a damaging downburst in St. Cloud and a small tornado in Waite Park.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
930 PM CDT SAT JUL 2 2011
...TORNADO IN WAITE PARK AND A DOWNBURST IN ST CLOUD...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ASSESSED THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE
STORMS FRIDAY EVENING JULY 1 IN EASTERN STEARNS COUNTY...INCLUDING
THE CITIES OF WAITE PARK AND ST CLOUD.
TORNADO LOCATION...THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST NORTHEAST OF THE
INTERSECTION OF INTERSTATE 94 AND HIGHWAY 23. IT MOVED NORTHEAST
AND DISSIPATED IN WAITE PARK...ABOUT 1.5 MILES WEST OF THE
INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAYS 15 AND 23.
PATH LENGTH...2.3 MILES.
MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...ABOUT 65 MPH.
MAXIMUM WIDTH...APPROXIMATELY 30 YARDS.
TORNADO DAMAGE...DOZENS OF TREES WERE BROKEN OR TOPPLED AS IT MOVED
NORTHEAST. IT DID NOT APPEAR THAT THE TORNADO WAS CONTINUOUSLY ON
THE GROUND BUT THERE WERE FIVE DISTINCT LOCATIONS OF CONVERGENT
DAMAGE ALONG ITS PATH.
TIMING...IT APPEARS TO HAVE TOUCHED DOWN AT ABOUT 623 PM AND
DISSIPATED AT ABOUT 626 PM. THIS IS ESTIMATED BASED ON RADAR...................................................................
DOWNBURST LOCATION...MOST DAMAGE WAS NORTH OF DOWNTOWN ST CLOUD AND
WAS SPREAD OVER SEVERAL SQUARE MILES. IT EXTENDED INTO BENTON COUNTY.
DOWNBURST MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...65 TO 70 MPH.
DOWNBURST DAMAGE...HUNDREDS OF TREES WERE TOPPLED...BROKEN OR PUSHED
OVER. MANY TREES LANDED ON HOUSES...SHEDS AND VEHICLES. THE
DOWNBURST DAMAGE WAS FAR MORE WIDESPREAD AND SIGNIFICANT THAN THE
DOWNBURST NOTES...IT IS LIKELY THAT THE DOWNBURST LASTED FOR MANY
MINUTES IN SOME AREAS.
OTHER DAMAGE...THERE WAS SPORADIC TREE DAMAGE FROM ROCKVILLE TO ST
CLOUD. THIS WAS MUCH LESS CONCENTRATED THAN THE WAITE PARK TORNADO
DAMAGE OR THE ST CLOUD DOWNBURST DAMAGE.
OTHER NOTES ABOUT DAMAGE SURVEYS OF THE JULY 1 STORMS... THE DAMAGE
IS SO WIDESPREAD ACROSS SO MANY COUNTIES IN THE CHANHASSEN FORECAST
AREA THAT IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO LOOK AT EVERY BIT OF DAMAGE IN EVERY
LOCATION. THEREFORE SURVEYS IN THESE TYPES OF SITUATIONS ARE
TYPICALLY LIMITED TO THOSE AREAS WHERE DAMAGE OCCURRED AND SPOTTERS
REPORTED A FUNNEL OR TORNADO... OR WHERE DAMAGE OCCURRED COINCIDENT
WITH RADAR INDICATION OF A POSSIBLE TORNADO.
Miami Beach: Driest June on record 1.15”. Previous record 1.45”
From the Associated Press....
Lamberton 8.44 inches
Cook 7.92 inches
Faribault 7.91 inches
Lake City 7.89 inches
Rushford 7.57 inches
La Crescent 7.16 inches
Theilman 6.61 inches
In Oklahoma, 36 counties suffering from extreme to exceptional drought have issued burn bans, which include a prohibition on fireworks except for public displays.
In Kansas, fireworks have been banned in Dodge City and surrounding rural areas due to the extreme drought.
In Louisiana, fireworks have been banned in Shreveport and neighboring Bossier because of extreme heat and drought.
In Texas, 170 counties have fireworks bans, including all of metropolitan Houston. Nearly all of Texas has burn bans as well. Because of the extreme drought, Fourth of July fireworks displays have been canceled in Texas towns large and small: San Antonio, Austin, Amarillo, Lubbock, Plainview, Magnolia, Tomball, DeSoto, Woodlands, Roman Forest, and Patton Village.
In Arizona, authorities have banned fireworks from Flagstaff in the north to Tucson, Douglas and Sierra Vista in the south.
In New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez (R-NM) has said that there is “absolutely no reason to buy, sell or use personal fireworks.” She has declared a “state of emergency in New Mexico regarding the use of fireworks.” Albertson’s, WalMart, and Smith’s stores have stopped selling fireworks in the state. Taos, with wildfires raging nearby, has canceled its fireworks display.
In Joplin, Missouri, where a devastating tornado hit on May 22, officials have banned fireworks because of the amount of combustible debris in the tornado’s path.
In Massachusetts, the historical recreation site Old Sturbridge Village has canceled its fireworks display because its fireworks launch site was flooded and alternative launch sites were damaged by tornadoes.
Latest on Las Conchas:
Size: 121,248 acres
Percent Contained: 11%
Resources: 18 Helicopters; 72 Engines; 26 Water Tenders; 8 Dozers
Total Personnel: 1,995
Residences: 450 threatened; 63 destroyed
Outbuildings: 140 threatened; 32 destroyed
Injuries to Date: 4
Phoenix, AZ: 118 *hottest day in Phoenix since July 21 2006 when it was 118.
Longview, TX: 104
Joplin, MO: 103
Monroe, LA: 102
New Orleans: 100
New Iberia, LA: 100
Toledo, OH: 98
Tucson, AZ: 111
In Stark Contrast:
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LUBBOCK TX
1111 AM CDT FRI JUL 1 2011
...JUNE 2011 WAS THE HOTTEST MONTH ON RECORD FOR LUBBOCK TEXAS...
THIS MAY NOT COME AS NEWS TO ANYONE WHO HAS ENDURED THE RECENT HEAT
WAVE OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS OF WEST TEXAS...BUT TEMPERATURES AT
LUBBOCK TEXAS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE WERE THE HOTTEST EVER RECORDED...
AVERAGING 85.9 DEGREES. THIS BROKE THE ALL-TIME RECORD FOR THE HOTTEST
MONTH EVER AT LUBBOCK...PREVIOUSLY 85.4 DEGREES FROM JULY OF 1966.
THE HIGHS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 2011 AT LUBBOCK ALSO WERE THE
HOTTEST EVER RECORDED OVER AN ENTIRE MONTH...AVERAGING 100.8 DEGREES.
THIS BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 99.5 DEGREES SET IN AUGUST 1943.
April 14-16, 2011
- NSSL Rotation Tracks file for April 16 (Eastern U.S., .kmz, 10.81 MB)
- Preliminary Tornado Tracks (4/16/2011) in the Raleigh area (click on tracks to see storm survey information)
- Outbreak Summary, Blacksburg, VA NWSFO
April 27-28, 2011
- NSSL Rotation Tracks file for April 27 (Continental U.S., .kmz, 15.1 MB)
- Preliminary Tornado Tracks (4/24–4/29/2011), NWS Southern Region HQ
- Tuscaloosa-Birmingham Tornado Summary, Birmingham, AL NWSFO
- Cordova Tornado Summary, Birmingham, AL NWSFO
- Outbreak Summary, Blacksburg, VA NSWFO
- NOAA Aerial Imagery of Storm Damage
Ultimate Dog Tease. There are no words to describe this. My sister, Joan, turned me on to this YouTube clip. If you love dogs you'll get a kick out of this - even if you don't like dogs you'll enjoy this video. That's my prediction.
Warming Ocean Could Melt Ice Faster Than Thought. A Sunday article from NPR: "Warming air from climate change isn't the only thing that will speed ice melting near the poles — so will the warming water beneath the ice, a new study points out. Increased melting of ice in Greenland and parts of Antarctica has been reported as a consequence of global warming, potentially raising sea levels. But little attention has been paid to the impact of warmer water beneath the ice. Now, Jianjun Yin of the University of Arizona and colleagues report the warming water could mean polar ice melting faster than had been expected. Their report was published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. While melting floating ice won't raise sea level, ice flowing into the sea from glaciers often reaches the bottom, and grounded ice melted by warm water around it can produce added water to the sea. "Ocean warming is very important compared to atmospheric warming because water has a much larger heat capacity than air," Yin explained. "If you put an ice cube in a warm room, it will melt in several hours. But if you put an ice cube in a cup of warm water, it will disappear in just minutes." In addition, Yin explained, if floating ice along the coastal areas melts it will allow the flow of glaciers to accelerate, bringing more ice into the seas. "This mean that both Greenland and Antarctica are probably going to melt faster than the scientific community previously thought," co-author Jonathan T. Overpeck said in a statement."