Sunday, July 11, 2010

Minnesota's Saturday Weather Wasn't Boring

Minnesota had interesting weather yesterday. Since the town I live in was at the edge of a tornado watch at one point, I paid close attention to weather news. Here's a sample from yesterday evening. All times are Central Daylight Time (CDT)
"UPDATED: Tornado warning issued for parts of Otter Tail, Wadena counties until 7 p.m."
in-forum (July 10, 2010, UPDATED 6:15 p.m.)

"Portions of Otter Tail and Wadena counties in Minnesota will be under a tornado warning until 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

"A tornado warning has been issued for east-central Otter Tail County and southern Wadena County. As of 6:04 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes stretching from near Ottertail to about 4 miles north of Almora. The storm was moving east at 25 mph...."
"Reported Touchdown In West Central Minn."
WCCO (July 10, 2010, 6:48 p.m.)

"A cluster of thunderstorms with golf-ball sized hail and a reported tornado touchdown rolled through west central Minnesota late Saturday afternoon and into the evening hours.

"The brief touchdown was reported by the public three miles north of Hoffman, which is in Grant County...."
"Local Storm Report" (July 10, 2010, 6:41 p.m.)

07/10/2010 0641 PM
Alexandria, Douglas County.
Thunderstorm wind gust m55 mph, reported by ASOS.
Measured at Alexandria Airport

07/10/2010 0550 PM
SW Millerville, Douglas County.
Hail e1.75 inch, reported by trained spotter.

07/10/2010 0507 PM
4 miles se of Ashby, Douglas County.
Hail e1.75 inch, reported by law enforcement.
Relayed via County dispatch
"Weather Watches in Effect Overnight"
Fox9 (July 10, 2010, 10:49 p.m.)

"A small storm bringing rain and hail made its way through the Metro Saturday afternoon, and tonight we're seeing more storms to the west of the Metro.

"There are currently several watches and warnings for thunderstorms and flash floods, byt FOX 9 Meteorologist Erik Maitland says with sunset, the storms will start to die out soon.

"The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 300 am CDT...."

(Linda O'Meara, Elbow Lake, MN, via Fox9, used w/o permission)
"Large hail was reported near Alexandria, Minn. around 4:45 p.m. Satruday. (photo from Linda O'Meara, Elbow Lake, MN)"

One-and-Three-Quarters-Inch Hail, and All We Got was Pea-Size

Can't say I'm disappointed that the worst we got, here on the south side of Sauk Centre, was hail the size of shriveled peas. Inch-wide-plus chunks of ice falling from the sky can put a dent in roofs, vehicles - and, occasionally, people.

We saw a little hail around noon, yesterday. If you look closely, you'll see a little streak across the third brick to the left of the chair leg's base. As nearly as I can tell, that's a hailstone (hailpea?) on its way down.

I took a few more photos, a little before sunset. Scenes from my house, on Sauk Centre's south side:

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