1:45 PM: The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado warning all of Wisconsin. Note that most cities and counties will activate outdoor warning siren systems.
1:45 PM: The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado warning for Minnesota counties. Note that most cities and counties will activate outdoor warning siren systems.
2:00 PM: The National Weather Service will issue an "End of Test" message using the Severe Weather Statement product. It should be stated that outdoor warning sirens will not be sounded again for this all clear, nor will there be any warning tone on NOAA Weather Radio.
6:55 PM: Another simulated tornado warning will be issued for Minnesota and Wisconsin counties.
Today is a good day to remind yourself what you would do if a Tornado Warning is issued for your area. Click this link for some safety tips from the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, including what to do if you are in a house, outdoors, in a vehicle or in a shopping mall.
Smoke and Fire Analysis courtesy of NOAA Satellite and Information Service
MODIS satellite image from Tuesday.
MODIS satellite image from Wednesday.
By: Paul Douglas
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, a balmy breeze. High 73. Low 55. Chance of Precipitation: 10%. Wind S 15-25 mph.
SATURDAY: More humid, stray T-shower. High 72. Low 57. Chance of Precipitation: 50%. Wind S 10-20 mph.
SUNDAY: Morning shower, then slow clearing. High 63. Low 45. Chance of Precipitation: 60%. Wind N 8-13 mph.
MONDAY: Intervals of sun, light winds. High 63. Low 43. Chance of Precipitation: 10%. Wind E 5-10 mph.
TUESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, pleasant. High 67. Low 46. Chance of Precipitation: 10%. Wind E 5-10 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Fair weather holding pattern, dry. High 70. Low 49. Chance of Precipitation: 10%. Wind NE 5-10 mph.
1886: The deadliest tornado in Minnesota's history rips through St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids, leaving 72 people dead. 80 percent of all buildings in Sauk Rapids would be leveled as the tornado's width expanded to 800 yards. As it crossed the Mississippi it knocked down two iron spans of a wagon bridge and local witnesses said the river was 'swept dry' during the tornado crossing. 300,000 dollars damage would occur in Sauk Rapids, only 4,000 dollars of which was insured. The forecast for that day was for local rains and slightly warmer with highs in the 50's.
Average Low: 37F (Record: 18F set in 1928)
Average Precipitation: 0.09" (Record: 1.56" set in 1983)
Average Snowfall: 0.1" (Record: 13.6" in 1983)
Sunset: 7:58 PM
*Length Of Day: 13 hours, 28 minutes and 42 seconds
*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~3 minutes & 0 seconds
*Next Sunrise That Is Before 6 AM: May 3rd (5:59 am)
*Next Sunset That Is After 8 PM: April 16th (8:01 pm)
Forecast cloud cover and precipitation every three hours between 7 AM Thursday and 7 AM Friday. Graphic: AerisWeather's Mapping Platform.
Severe Weather Outlook for Thursday.
Severe Weather Outlook for Friday.
Forecast rain through Tuesday
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