Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April 12, 2015: First Chase of the Season

After the MN Severe Storms Conference on Saturday, we were itching to see some storms. The Storm Prediction Center put out a Marginal risk for up into Southern MN/Central MN.

20150412 1630 UTC Day 1 Outlook Graphic























The marginal risk was mostly for marginal hail and wind with any storm that would fire on the cold front.

Nick and I set out after Noon for destination Stearns County. We were watching radar and saw a nice little more isolated cell started to come up from the Southwest. We went to Hwy 23 and into the town of Richmond.

There we experienced small pea sized to pencil eraser sized hail; and heavy downpour of rain.



These little storms were moving northeast fast - and they kept popping up along this line.

We followed this storm up Hwy 23 to Pleasant Lake near St. Cloud. There we dropped the storm and went back South to see about getting on another semi-isolated cell coming up.

Near Kimball; we went through heavy rain and very small hail. Here we then left the storms be and heading East back towards home.

Below are some additional pictures from the day.


Country wide angle view of the storm.


Rain shaft clearly visible with this storm.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Severe Weather Awareness Week Coming up for Minnesota

The header says it all. Spring has sprung in Minnesota - even though with the recent snow showers in the past couple of days doesn't seem to think we'll ever loose our grip on winter.

Severe weather however, is not that far away. Tornadoes and Severe Storms have already occurred as close as Illinois - hitting a small town of Fairdale.

That town - could be any town in MN. Are you prepared? Are you ready?

April 13 - 17th is Severe Weather Awareness Week in MN. Each day has different topics for you to become more weather aware and prepared for the upcoming storm season.

Below is an article that Nick wrote. Remember - be safe, be ready and be prepared.