Storm Watch


Paul Douglas Storm Coverage

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

 Doppler Radial Velocity

11:15 pm. Doppler showing weak rotation west of Mantorville/Rochester, where the severe storm risk appears greatest.

Paul Douglas Storm Coverage

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

 Doppler Reflectivity

11:10 pm. Wider scan of radar, showing the most intense storms approaching Rochester…..storm risk has diminished in the immediate metro area, but the threat is not over just yet. Tornado watch remains posted until 2 am. Flood advisory still in effect for the expanded metro, flash flood watch through midday Thursday.

Paul Douglas Storm Coverage

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

 Doppler Reflectivity

11:07 pm. Storms rapidly fizzle over the immediate metro area, heaviest weather pushing into Wisconsin.

Paul Douglas Storm Coverage

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

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10:49 pm. Strongest cell just north of downtown Minneapolis, capable of torrential rain, frequent lightning, even small hail.

Paul Douglas Storm Coverage

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

 Doppler VIL Density (hail detection)

10:39 pm. VIL Density algorithm shows hail core between Edina and Hopkins/St. Louis Park area. Probably pea size hail, not big enough to cause significant damage.

Paul Douglas Storm Coverage

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

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10:23 pm. “Arc” of hail seems to be expanding into western Hennepin county, probably marble/pea size. No sign of any significant rotation within these severe storms….warning for Hennepin, Carver and Scott co. until 11 pm. Tornado watch remains posted for the entire area until 2 am.

Paul Douglas Storm Coverage

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

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10:17 pm. VIL Density display shows large hail near Shakopee, extending into Chanhassen, entering Eden Prairie….pea size hail likely.

Paul Douglas Storm Coverage

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

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10:13 pm. Wider scan showing severe storm cluster over southeastern MN. The purple polygons are the projected (NWS) paths of these severe storms. No tornado warnings posted…risk of pea to quarter size hail, wind gusts over 60 mph with storms near Rochester, and moving in the metro area. Tornado watch posted until 2 am Thursday. Severe storm warning for Carver, Hennepin and Scott co. until 11 pm.

Paul Douglas Storm Coverage

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

 3-D Volume Scan of Radial Velocity

10:00 pm. 3-D volume scan showing most intense storm over Carver county, where weak rotation is still being detected. Strong wind shear (estimated helicity right now is about 450-500) makes Twin Cities area ripe for rotating “mesocyclones” capable of an isolated tornado. Most of us will just see heavy thunderstorms and some minor flooding problems.

Paul Douglas Storm Coverage

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

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9:57 pm. New severe storm warning for much of Hennepin, Scott and Carver co. until 11 pm. Winds gusting to 60 with pea-size hail, isolated tornado can’t be ruled out. A flood advisory is posted for the Twin Cities….rainfall amounts of up to 2″/hour may cause flooding of streets, streams and some basements through the wee hours of the morning.