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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parts of Minnesota are experiencing flooding, but the recent spate of dry weather is providing welcome relief. Climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld and Jim du Bois discuss how the lack of precipitation is mitigating flooding, the long-term spring flood outlook, what happened to El Nino, a devastating cyclone in Mozambique, and a recent climate conference in Duluth.