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Latest Minnesota Weather
A haze is blanketing much of the Midwest as strong winds carry smoke from forest fires in Canada thousands of miles to the south. National Weather Service forecasters say Tuesday that smoke from wildfires in northern Saskatchewan is blowing as far south as Tennessee. A thick band of smoke extends through much of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.
WCCO Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak says our Monday will start out with sun and it will definitely feel steamy with dew points in the low to middle 60s. That sets up the potential for storms to develop late Monday afternoon and into the early evening hours.
A year after historic rainfall devastated a small Minnesota town, the recovery still isn’t complete. And now, the town is losing one of its last remaining businesses. Torrential rains washed away the roads leading into Blakeley Township in Scott County last June.
Strong winds and storms moved across the southern and central parts of Minnesota on Monday, felling trees and damaging buildings. WCCO meteorologist Lauren Casey said that the highest recorded wind gusts were 76 mph in Jackson, and 74 mph in Worthington.
Longtime WCCO weatherman Bud Kraehling will be remembered this weekend during a public celebration.
The tornado that tore through the town of Wadena in 2010 left 4,000 community members working tirelessly to clean up the extensive damage. From the air, it looked like a war zone. Homes were flattened; a church was destroyed; school buses were covered in debris from all that was left of Wadena Deer Creek High School.
Forecasters say there’s a risk of flash flooding in southern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin. The National Weather Service says 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected over southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin, with up to 6 inches in localized areas. A flash flood watch has been issued for those areas.
One of our youngest weather watchers is also our most active. Vanshay Murdock, 18, just finished his freshman year at University of Northwestern – St. Paul. And like most Minnesotans, weather is a huge part of his everyday life.
Thousands of Twin Cities residents are without power Tuesday evening. Xcel Energy says about 5,000 people are affected in the South St. Paul area, and about 2,000 around northeast Minneapolis.
Summer-like weather has hit Minnesota, with highs reaching the 90s in southern and central parts of the state. The National Weather Service says Appleton in western Minnesota peaked at 99 degrees Tuesday.
Viewers in western Wisconsin today observed a unique atmospheric phenomenon: a circumhorizontal arc! Casually called a ‘fire rainbow,’ it occurs in summer-time as the sun must be high in the sky, at an angle of 58 degrees or higher.
The drought is over in the Twin Cities, but dry conditions are still a factor in northern Minnesota. Nearly all of the state had been in drought in early May. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows only about 12 percent of the state in a moderate drought Thursday, down from 25 percent last week.
The WCCO Weather Watcher is shimmering gold Friday for a beautiful, spring Top 10 Weather Day!
This time of year is when The WCCO Weather Team starts to really count on our weather watchers as severe weather becomes a threat. That’s why we’re really lucky to welcome Dustin Johnson as one of our newest members. He may be new to WCCO Weather Watching, but it’s been a passion of his as long as he can remember.
The weather outside may be frightful, but the extended forecast is so delightful. Following the storm fronts over the weekend, temperatures plunged perilously going into the work week.
After tornadoes, strong winds and heavy rains swept across western Minnesota on Saturday, more severe weather is on the way.
The National Weather Service says a trained spotter reported a tornado touchdown just after 4:30 p.m. Saturday near Montevideo. Law enforcement reported part of a roof blow off a building at a farmstead about seven miles north of Montevideo.
Assessment crews have been dispatched to gauge the damage caused by a tornado that tore through a central Iowa town, uprooting trees, ripping apart the roof of the local high school and leaving shreds of pink insulation strewn throughout the streets.
A May snowstorm has dumped more than a foot of snow in South Dakota’s Black Hills.
Fifty years ago this Wednesday evening, Dick Chapman and Charlie Boone spent six straight hours taking calls from people and, using a map and a pen, tracked the storm as it tore across the Twin Cities.
Fifty years ago this Wednesday, the Twin Cities were ravaged by a series of tornadoes that struck the northwestern metro area. No fewer than six tornadoes touched down as the storm system moved through, some of them on the ground simultaneously.
One day after golf-ball-sized hail fell across the Twin Cities, families are adding up the damage from the storm.
High winds are affecting a wide stretch of the upper Midwest, from Minnesota to western Pennsylvania. The National Weather Service says sustained winds Tuesday afternoon will top 30 mph, with gusts reaching 45 to 50 mph.
The wind is a sign of spring, a time when Minnesota sees double-digit averages. So what is the windiest month in Minnesota? Good question.