Posted at 8:12 AM on June 2, 2008
by Craig Edwards
Powerful thunderstorms pounded portions of east central Minnesota on Saturday evening with large hail. Hail one inch in diameter or greater is sufficient to produce roof damage. Anything one and a half inches or larger is definitely worth contacting your insurance agent for an inspection.
Today, Lead Forecaster Bill Togstad retires after more than thirty-five years with the federal government and the National Weather Service. Bill worked at the Twin Cities office for twenty-five years. Congratulations on a wonderful career with NOAA.
It looks to be a very active week with regard to thunderstorms. A warm front will waver across central Minnesota creating a boundary for showers and thunderstorms. The most likely threat of severe weather will be large hail. There is some concern about locally heavy rainfall as well.