Wild Weekend Weather
by Kelly Smith, Meteorologist
June 18, 2012 12:18 PM
Father's Day weekend was a wild weather weekend as record heat and severe weather moved through the region.Southerly winds on Sunday and clear skies allowed afternoon high temperatures to soar into the 90's and even 100's! Winner reached 108 degrees beating it's previous record high temperature of 105 degrees. Chamberlain also beat their previous daily record high temperature of 95 degrees when they warmed to 103 degrees
(Sunday's High Temperatures)Sunday afternoon may not have felt as hot as it was thanks in part to brisk winds. Afternoon winds were sustained in the east between 25 and 30 miles per hour with non thunderstorm gusts in the 40 mile an hour range. Aberdeen which saw some severe thunderstorms had a wind gust of 63 miles an hour.
(Peak Wind Gusts Sunday)Heat, humidity and a passing low pressure were the right ingredients to form severe weather. A Tornado Watch was issued for our northeastern areas as high winds, large hail and isolated Tornadoes were expected. Luckily, there were only two reports of Tornadoes one in Wheaton, Minnesota and the other in Peever, South Dakota. The tornadoes only briefly touched down and caused minimal to no damage.
(Sunday Storm Reports)Individual cells, soon formed into a line of Severe Storms by late afternoon and moved quickly into Minnesota where the main threat became high winds. Power lines were snapped in Ortonville, Minnesota and a pickup truck pulling a trailer was tipped over along Interstate 29 near Peever. Some of the damage can be seen in the pictures below courtesy of the National Weather Service.
(Truck Overturned Near Peever)
(A structure that was blown away near Peever)
(Hail Near Kranzburg)
(Storms as they roll through Kranzburg)
(Damage Near Big Stone Lake)
(Jet Stream location Monday June 18th)The jet stream has moved north this week and will act like a funnel moving storm systems for the west directly over our area. This will allow a majority of the storm systems to move over our region until the jet stream moves which will likely be around the beginning of next week. Much like last week, rain chances will be scattered and isolated through the weekend.