Buckle Up, It's gonna get interesting

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If you haven't heard already, the weather report for today is ominous.

Update (8:00pm): Still a wind advisory + rain, but the threat of really, really severe weather has mostly disappeared.

Update (1:30pm) - Tornado watch for Rice County until 10:00pm.

From the NOAA site :

...HIGH RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED OVER PARTS OF THE
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY AND THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES LATER
TODAY AND TONIGHT...
   
THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN OK IS FORECASTING THE
DEVELOPMENT OF STRONG TORNADOES ALONG WITH WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS
AND LARGE HAIL OVER PARTS OF THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY AND
THE GREAT LAKES LATER TODAY AND TONIGHT.

THE AREAS MOST LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE THIS ACTIVITY INCLUDE

EASTERN IOWA
NORTHERN ILLINOIS
UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN
EASTERN MINNESOTA
WISCONSIN

You can also get Northfield weather from The Weather Underground.


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Our new weather radio sounded off an alert (for the Dakota County tornado watch) while I was home eating lunch today. Nice to know those things work.

I don't know what it means

I don't know what this means, really, but it sure looks bad. :)

I do!

While Northfield's not completely out of the woods yet (keep an eye on those storms near Redwood Falls), the threat of significant severe weather has diminished there.

That map you posted is from the Storm Prediction Center, which is just down the hall from where I work at the National Severe Storms Lab in Norman, OK. The jagged red lines are the boundaries of tornado watches, and the smoother shapes are indicating what the overall risk of severe weather is - in the image there, Northfield is just barely contained by the green line, which indicates a "low" risk of severe weather.

Nick
NHS class of '03