Storms, rain, some hail Sunday

Weather Column
: Some heavy rain fell across parts of Minnesota on Monday. The heaviest rain fell up around Fertile, Minn., in Polk County where 5 to 7 inches of rain fell late Sunday night into early Monday morning.

The Alexandria area picked up between 2 to 4 inches of rain. A flash flood warning was issued for concerns for flooding early Monday morning as well.

In Chippewa County, five miles northeast of Montevideo, there were reports of several trees also down from thunderstorm winds.

Large hail was also reported in Meeker County near Cedar Mills.

Sunday temperatures dipped into the 30s

Weather Column: Parts of northern Minnesota had a chilly start to the day on Sunday with temperatures dipping into the 30s. International Falls fell to a cold 

37 degrees F. This was just 5 degrees shy of the record low of 32 degrees F dating back to 2004.

Crane Lake was close behind with a Sunday morning low of
39 degrees F. The record low is
37 degrees F set back in 2004 as well.

Cooler, drier weather in the forecast


Weather Column: A few spotty showers and isolated thunderstorms made their way across Minnesota on Saturday afternoon and evening. Otherwise, it was a very nice weekend with temperatures generally in the upper 70s and lower 80s across most of Greater Minnesota.

Some patchy fog was found early Monday morning across the state. Temperatures fell into the 40s across potions of northern Minnesota making for a cool start to the week. Most of the rest of central and west central Minnesota fell only into the mid 50s to the lower 60s.

Storms possibly midweek

Weather Column: It was another beautiful weekend across all of Minnesota. Temperatures were in the mid- to upper-70s and lower 80s across Minnesota both Saturday and Sunday with fairly low humidity and dew points.

A change arrived on Monday out ahead of our next system. Dew points started to climb on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday dew points were in the low 60s. By Tuesday, dew points climbed into the mid to upper 60s and lower 70s making it feel quite sticky.

However, by Wednesday, those dew points will climb into the upper 70s and lower 80s. This will be the fuel for thunderstorms across much of Greater Minnesota. Some of these storms on Wednesday may be on the strong to severe side. The main threat will be large hail and damaging winds.

Lots of sunshine and dry conditions

Weather Column: It was a picture perfect weekend across the area. All of Greater Minnesota enjoyed lots of sunshine and dry conditions on Saturday and Sunday.

Dew points started rising by Sunday afternoon along with the actual air temperature out ahead of our next system. Temperatures were generally in the low to mid 80s across the area to close out the weekend.

By late Monday, our next area of low pressure and frontal boundary system arrived. This triggers showers and thunderstorms across the area. The Storm Prediction Center had put out their assessment for a slight risk of severe storms across western Minnesota for Monday late in the day and overnight, and a ?Äúmarginal?Äù risk for strong to severe storms for most of central Minnesota.

Meteor shower this week

Weather Column: We enjoyed a beautiful day on Sunday and Monday to kick off the week! Temperatures were in the 70s and 80s with lots of sunshine and low humidity. The winds were also very light making for a great day to be out on area lakes.

We will see a change coming our way by mainly Tuesday into Wednesday as our next weather maker arrives that could bring showers and thunderstorms to the state of Minnesota. A few of these could linger mainly into early Thursday to our east.

Temperatures will cool down a bit on the backside of the system by Friday and Saturday before we warm up again by Sunday and Monday. We should return to the low- to mid-80s by late in the weekend into early next week.

Historic tornado rips through a resilient Watkins


It had been a mild summer day. It was Monday, July 11, 2016. In the afternoon the skies clouded up. Those clouds quickly turned ominous: dark and moving quickly from, it seemed, all directions.

Severe thunderstorm warnings went out to cell phones and over the television. These became tornado warnings. Trained weather spotters were sent out to watch for the unthinkable: a tornado.

Sirens blared in communities around the area. Some heeded the warnings and sought shelter in basements, hallways or bathrooms. By the third time the siren sounded, a few brushed it off; nothing happened with the first two, after all.

The best we can tell, that third siren in Watkins went off as the tornado actually arrived on the south end of town. The twister quickly exploded the Kramer Electric building before hitting power lines. The power going out caught everyone?Äôs attention, something the sirens didn?Äôt do. Power was out throughout Watkins and much of the surrounding area, and in Kimball too.

Much-needed rainfall

Weather Column: We finally picked up some much-needed rain across a good share of the state of Minnesota Saturday night into Sunday morning, and then again on Monday. Some spots received 1 to 2 inches of rain or more from each event.

Many locations were in desperate need of rainfall for the crops, lake levels, wild-fire concerns, and for our lawns. The rain certainly made things to perk up and green up almost overnight.

The storms did cause some power outages and trees to be downed. In addition, large hail was reported along with reports of picnic tables being flipped. Some flooding was also reported from the locally heavy rainfall.

Scattered additional showers moved across parts of northern Minnesota on Tuesday. The rest of the state of Minnesota finally got a break from the heat and humidity as temperatures dropped into the 70s and lower 80s.

Beautiful typical weather

Weather Column: We really were blessed with a great Fourth of July Weekend! We enjoyed lots of sunshine and very ?Äútypical?Äù summer weather for this time of the year. The lakes were busy as many of you were wanting to find a cool spot to catch a bit of break from the warm temperatures.

From Big Forks up in northern Minnesota, to Canby in southwestern Minnesota, both locations hit a warm 82 degrees on Sunday. The Twin Cities also hit 82 degrees on Sunday. Most of the rest of the area was also in the lower 80s as a very uniform air mass was in place.

We did warm up further on Monday for Independence Day as temperatures climbed into the mid to upper 80s and lower 90s.

Heat and humidity lower

Weather Column: After a hot start to the weekend on Saturday we finally saw a pleasant day on Sunday. Dew points on Saturday were in the mid to upper 70s making for a hot and sticky day.

Coupled with temperatures in the 80s and even 90s on Saturday, we knew that thunderstorms would fire up across parts of Minnesota. Northern Minnesota took the brunt of the storms as did parts of east central Minnesota.

Crow Wing County had .75 inch diameter hail. Also, Aitkin County picked up 3.25 inches of rain and several large trees were toppled. St. Louis, Pine and Itasca Counties also had thunderstorm wind damage with many trees toppled.

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