Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Severe thunderstorm watch for the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued by the Storm Prediction Center until 6 AM Wednesday for Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Dakota, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Kandiyohi, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Nicollet, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, and Wright Counties.


Having said that, I believe that the biggest weather maker overnight will be torrential rains.  Radar estimates indicate one to two inches of rain per hour over far west-central Minnesota.  Some gusty winds may accompany these storms that approach severe levels, but overall the setup is marginal for severe thunderstorms.  You might be awaken to some claps of thunder, which may make for a shortage of sleep for some.


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