The Solstice Approaches...But Where Is Summer?

Kenny and Jim discuss the the un-summerish start to meteorological summer, a frosty June in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, the potential for rain this weekend, cool and unsettled weather for the coming week, major upgrades to a widely used computer forecast model, and the 38th anniversary of the Edina- Minneapolis-Roseville tornado.

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First Week of June Brings Severe Weather, 90 Degree Temperatures, and Gnats!

Climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld and Jim du Bois celebrate the arrival of meteorological summer (and explain why it’s not in sync with astronomical summer), look back on the season’s first major severe weather outbreak, discuss southern Minnesota’s farmers’ ongoing struggle with flooded fields, explain how vegetation can boost humidity (evapotranspiration), marvel over the rare sightings of noctilucent clouds, and chat about this week’s weather outlook.

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Heavy Rains and Potential Flooding Threaten Parts of Minnesota This Weekend

Kenny and Jim discuss the prospects for severe weather in Minnesota this weekend including large hail and heavy rains. Also, a look at NOAA's long-range summer forecast of cooler and wetter than normal conditions in Minnesota, how wet soil conditions are causing issues for farmers, and why more rain this coming week in areas already saturated by precipitation may lead to flooding.

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Remembering 'The Longest Night': The May 6, 1965 Twin Cities Tornado Outbreak

At least six tornadoes tore through the southwestern, western and northern suburbs of the Twin Cities on May 6, 1965, killing 13 and injuring hundreds. Climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld and Jim du Bois discuss this historic event, how excellent warnings kept the death toll down and the prospects for a similar tornado outbreak in the future. You can hear WCCO radio’s dramatic coverage from that evening on the RadioTapes website. The National Weather Service’s Twin Cities forecast office compiled extensive documentation of the outbreak in 2015 including animated radar film and a timeline of events transcribed from the WCCO tapes. Watch a 50th anniversary video interview with Kenny and Rob Brown, one of the WCCO staff members on duty the night of May 6, 1965.

Remembering the 1967 'Black Sunday' Tornado Outbreak

On April 30, 1967, a major tornado outbreak killed 13 Minnesotans. This week, climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld and Jim du Bois discuss the ‘Black Sunday” tornadoes that devastated parts of Albert Lea and Waseca. Also, a look at why forecasts of last week’s southern Minnesota snowstorm did not pan out, an update on flooding, how earlier ice-in and ice-out dates may impact lake ecology, another devastating cyclone in Mozambique, and more cool and unsettled weather on the way.

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Is This Really the End of Winter?

Heavy rains in Minnesota this week might worsen the flood situation. Climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld and Jim du Bois discuss last week’s snowstorm, the prospects for midweek rains, deadly tornadoes in the Deep South, the kind of/sort of Severe Weather Awareness Week and the power of the mid-April Sun.

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A ‘Domebuster’ Snowstorm May Be On the Way

A snowstorm is on the way that forecast models indicate could deliver 10-20 inches of snow to some parts of Minnesota. Climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld and Jim du Bois discuss this potentially historic storm. And oh, by the way, it’s also Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota.

James du Bois
Minnesota Enters Severe Weather Season

The dry weather pattern is continuing, and that’s good news for the parts of the state that are experiencing flooding. This week, climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld and Jim du Bois discuss the floods, the 21st anniversary of the Comfrey/St. Peter tornado, the amazing special effects that created the tornado in the 1939 Wizard of Oz movie, and the reasons why spring is prime severe weather time.

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