National Weather Service
Unseasonably cool temperatures will arrive next week in the Midwest and as far south as Arkansas and Oklahoma. It is not, however, the second coming of a polar vortex, something the National Weather Service says it regrets tweeting earlier this week.
We are going to fall about a quarter-inch short of breaking a 140-year-old rainfall record. The record for the most rainfall in June was set in 1874 with 11.67 inches. We’ll finish at about 11.35 inches.
Even people who don’t live near a lake or river saw flooding Saturday. There were flash floods rushing through places like the Uptown area of Minneapolis. On many a day, you’ll find Bryan Meyer and his friends enjoying the view from his apartment stoop.
The National Weather Service says a weak tornado has struck the western Wisconsin town of Colfax, but damage reports are minor. Law enforcement tells the weather service the tornado damaged a gas station and knocked down trees Friday afternoon. No injuries are reported.
As of Saturday afternoon, the Crow River was already three feet above flood stage. “It’s pretty crazy, it gets high, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this high before,” said Melanie Sturman, from Delano.
The National Weather Service says a confirmed tornado has directly hit a small town in Jerauld County.
Just when it seemed like spring was here, an April snowstorm has dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of Minnesota. The National Weather Service reports nearly 15 inches of snow in Milaca, 14 inches in St. Francis and over 10 inches in Pine City.
Snow and ice-covered roads are adding extra time to the morning commute in the Twin Cities. Forecasters say about 6 to 7 inches of snow has fallen in the metro area, with greater amounts north and west. Hutchinson in McLeod County is dealing with 10 inches of fresh snow.
The National Weather Service’s office in Sioux Falls, S. D., posted a video of the tornado that damaged rural farms Monday in western Minnesota.
A tornado has damaged at least three farms in rural Minnesota, but no injuries are reported. Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten said in a statement the tornado was reported about 4 p.m. Monday southeast of St. Leo.
A spring snowstorm in the Upper Midwest shut down schools and government offices Monday, made travel hazardous for drivers and life miserable for cattle ranchers in the midst of calving season. The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for much of the Dakotas and part of Minnesota.
The National Weather Service says it has received a report of a tornado sighting in western Minnesota.
Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker has sounded the all-clear for flood danger in the southern Red River Valley. Walaker made his annual pillgramage to the Red River headwaters in northeastern South Dakota and western Minnesota Thursday to gauge possible spring flooding. The longtime mayor and former city public works director has gained notoriety for making flood predictions that often trump the National Weather Service. Walaker tells The Associated Press there’s nothing that alarms him about this year’s melt and he has never seen the basin south of Fargo in such good shape.
Residents in parts of eastern Minnesota are dealing with 10 inches of new snow as the winter season officially comes to an end. Seasoned Minnesotans know that just because the first day of spring arrives on the calendar Thursday, winter-like weather is still very much a possibility.
With all the snow we’ve had this winter – and the cold temperatures that have kept it around — it’s possible we could see flooding in parts of the state.