It was another busy weekend for weather as the Metro area continues to float between pleasant conditions and storms. Starting out on this past Saturday, June 15th 2013, the southern and central portions of Minnesota was caught in yet another storm. This system was coming in from Nebraska early on in the day and tracked Northeast across a large portion of Minnesota. The storm's main feature were showers and thunderstorms that ran rampant and created plenty of flash flooding.
The University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus weather station reported 0.86 inches of precipitation over the span of 15 minutes at 3:45 PM CDT. Highway 280 near Lauderdale was closed due to flooding. As well as the underpass of Highway 36 on Fairview closed due to flooding. A location in Roseville reported 1.90 inches for total rainfall.
Father’s Day, June 16th 2013, started out with ideal June conditions for the Metro area. However, around 5:00 PM through 6:30 PM the western metro experienced a fast moving and intense storm. The system’s main feature was wind, places like Plymouth, Eden Prairie and Benson in Swift County experienced 45+ MPH gusts. These winds can be strong enough to break down small branches. Additionally, other portions of the storm produced light hail and rain was intermittent across the storms path. With these storms, the winds caused a mini-blizzard of seeds from trees that pelted people who were outdoors.
Below is the local storm report created by the NWS Chanhassen office.
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 839 PM CDT SUN JUN 16 2013 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 0355 PM HAIL 5 SSE CHOKIO 45.51N 96.13W 06/16/2013 E0.88 INCH STEVENS MN PUBLIC 0355 PM HAIL 10 S STARBUCK 45.47N 95.53W 06/16/2013 M0.88 INCH POPE MN PUBLIC 0400 PM HAIL 5 SSW ALBERTA 45.50N 96.08W 06/16/2013 E1.00 INCH STEVENS MN PUBLIC 2 MILES OF CROP DAMAGE ALONG CR 8. 0407 PM HAIL 3 SW LOWRY 45.67N 95.56W 06/16/2013 M0.88 INCH POPE MN TRAINED SPOTTER 0413 PM TSTM WND GST 2 NE APPLETON 45.22N 95.99W 06/16/2013 M58.00 MPH SWIFT MN AWOS MEASURED GUST TO 58 MPH IN OUTFLOWS FROM THUNDERSTORMS IN THE VICINITY. 0429 PM HAIL 2 N CYRUS 45.64N 95.74W 06/16/2013 M1.00 INCH POPE MN FIRE DEPT/RESCUE 0432 PM TSTM WND GST BENSON 45.32N 95.61W 06/16/2013 M49.00 MPH SWIFT MN AWOS 0438 PM HAIL STARBUCK 45.61N 95.53W 06/16/2013 E1.00 INCH POPE MN 911 CALL CENTER 0454 PM HAIL SEDAN 45.58N 95.25W 06/16/2013 E0.75 INCH POPE MN 911 CALL CENTER 0558 PM TSTM WND DMG PLYMOUTH 45.02N 93.46W 06/16/2013 HENNEPIN MN BROADCAST MEDIA LARGE TREE UPROOTED AND FELL ON TO GARAGE OF A HOUSE. FROM PICTURE TWEETED BY KARE11. 0600 PM TSTM WND GST WACONIA 44.85N 93.79W 06/16/2013 M49.00 MPH CARVER MN MESONET 0610 PM TSTM WND DMG CHASKA 44.82N 93.61W 06/16/2013 CARVER MN NWS EMPLOYEE LARGE TREE BRANCH DOWH. TIME ESTIMATED. 0612 PM TSTM WND GST EDEN PRAIRIE 44.85N 93.46W 06/16/2013 M50.00 MPH HENNEPIN MN ASOS MEASURED AT FLYING CLOUD AIRPORT. 0614 PM TSTM WND GST 3 NNW CRYSTAL 45.08N 93.38W 06/16/2013 M51.00 MPH HENNEPIN MN ASOS MEASURED AT CRYSTAL AIRPORT.