Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Severe Weather on the Way?

Wow, what a sudden surge of heat..... and now the focus is on the threat for severe weather, both tonight and over the next few days. Look for your local weathercasters, or rather their news directors, to capture as much of the weathercasters talking about severe weather as possible. After all, it makes for good television, and (we say skeptically), May is a sweeps month for the Nielsen ratings.

Let's use this blog post to discuss the prospects of severe weather over the next few days.

14 comments:

  1. Boy, that T-storm is blossoming, and its bearing down on downtown, too

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  2. I found it interesting how these storms were battling a CAP just south of the MSP metro. In fact, the CAPPED environment eventually won out this evening as storms quickly lost their intensity over the metro and much of southern MN including the metro.

    As far as severe weather is concerned, there simply wasn't enough twist and shear in the atmosphere to produce a widespread outbreak including tornadoes. I'm impressed with what actually did develop given the negative circumstances with this event.

    We will not have to worry much about a CAP tomorrow and this will prove to be interesting as the next wave approaches from the Rockies.

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  3. Novak....strange, on the SPC meso analysis i was seeing about a 40-60° crossover wind between 850-500mb's. I think that if we didn't have the cloud cover this afternoon, the cap would have been broken a little earlier and would have made things much worse, and actually I was thinking it ahead of time that it could have been worse than what it was, but at same time we can count our blesings

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  4. One day stint in the 80's,I can take that and now the cool down,60's after today and even 50's Saturday(nws keeps trending downward now have a high of 58)like I said earlier in week struggle to get to 55,concern for frost will be Sunday night though with clear skies and light winds,metro should be safe low of near 40 but the northern burbs(Anoka and points north may touch 33-35 for a few hours)

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  5. Hmmm! Some call hey nws now has high at only 50 for Saturday and frost wording for Sunday night,something I alluded to days ago,I for one wouldn't be surprised if we stay in the 40's tomorrow the big news wasn't the severe weather close to home this week but the fact that we had a 40-degree swing in three days

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  6. I read this post often but hardly comment,but definite props go out to Novak for calling the warmth and severe weather and Big Daddy for nailing the colder temps and frost potential for Sunday night.

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  7. Thank you mnweatherfan.
    NWS has even trended colder for today(high now only 48)from Tuesdays high of 88,thats 40 degree swing(cant believe that didnt warrant an new post,Bill)also the temperature for Sunday night abit colder,metro area anywhere from 36-38,potential for frost is there outside the heart of the metro/downtowns! what spring?two steps forward and one step back!!!!!!!!!

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  8. PROTECT YOUR PLANTS IF YOU HAVE PLANTED ALREADY,THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP BIG DADDY,NWS HAS A LOW OF 36 IN EDEN PRAIRIE FOR TONIGHT MENTIONED IN THEIR HWO!!!!!!!

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  9. FROST! you got to be kidding me my veggies!!!!

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  10. Plymouth Weather LoverMay 16, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    I have a question. Since dew point is so critical in how warm it feels and how sticky it feels, etc., why do they not "predict" it. Along with the temperature each day, can't they predict the dew point with it? Maybe they could only do three days out due to so many variables, but why not that? They could even give a range. A dew point of 50 feels completely different than a dew point of 60, 70, etc. Any thoughts?

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  11. @Plymouth Weather Lover

    NWS forecasts dewpoint temperatures in their National Digital Forecast Database (the graphical forecasts on the website). I'd check there if you're particularly worried.

    --Kevin.

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  12. Bill how about a newer post,this is weeks old! How about we talk about the spring season so far,what I love about our 2 months of spring so far is it has only gone above 80 degrees one time and haven't had the need to turn on the central air as of yet(which saves on the electrical bill)and looking out the next ten days or so NO 80's in sight in fact we cool down into the low 60's early next week,maybe even one day in the 50's,keep the cool around which keeps severe weather away,sorry to all those that get a thrill at seeing tornadoes do destruction

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  13. What I haven't loved about our so-called spring? Below average temps again; rain, rain, rain & cloudy skies day after day. What happened to the "April showers bring May flowers?" I remember May being sunny skies and temps in the low to mid-70's every day. After 4-5 months of above average snowfall and below average temps, we really could use some normal, average weather! I think the Farmer's Almanac is going to be correct this year - a cooler than average summer with a week here and there of high temps.

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  14. Just set up a new, rather open-ended post to discuss our Spring weather.

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