A severe T-Storm watch is in effect until 2am. Storms near the metro have weakend in the past few hours. I expect the trend will be for storms to weaken as we go through tonight, but keep an eye out for possible warnings.
There have been a couple of funnel clouds sighted...so far no touchdowns. Here are the few severe weather reports via Twin Cities NWS.
MPX: River Falls [Pierce Co, WI] trained spotter reports HEAVY RAIN of M0.94 INCH at 08:19 PM CDT -- pcpn fell in 37 minutes.
MPX: Bayport [Washington Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 07:05 PM CDT -- 8 inch diameter trees down.
MPX: Maple Grove [Hennepin Co, MN] nws employee reports TSTM WND DMG at 06:55 PM CDT -- tree damage including 2 to 4 inch diameter branches down and a few 6 to 8 inch diameter trees down. damage reported near intersection of interstates 494 and 694.
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
710 PM CDT SUN AUG 08 2010
..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
0700 PM HEAVY RAIN CHAMPLIN 45.17N 93.39W
08/08/2010 M0.95 INCH HENNEPIN MN TRAINED SPOTTER
RAIN ENDED/MEASURED 0.95 IN 40 MINS.
0706 PM HAIL OAKDALE 44.99N 92.97W
08/08/2010 M0.88 INCH WASHINGTON MN LAW ENFORCEMENT
MPX: 6 W River Falls [Pierce Co, WI] trained spotter reports FUNNEL CLOUD at 07:26 PM CDT -- descended and rose again.
MPX: Afton [Washington Co, MN] trained spotter reports TSTM WND GST of M62 MPH at 07:08 PM CDT --
MPX: Montrose [Wright Co, MN] trained spotter reports FUNNEL CLOUD at 06:30 PM CDT -- has gone up and down.
The main trigger for storms today is the heat creating unstable rising air that brewed into a few thunderstorms. In fact, our 96 today tied a record and is the hottest day so far this year!
RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHANHASSEN MN
750 PM CDT SUN AUG 08 2010
...THE TWIN CITIES HAS TIED THE RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR TODAY...
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 96 DEGREES IN THE TWIN CITIES THIS
AFTERNOON...AT 4:05 PM.
THIS TIES THE PREVIOUS RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET IN 1914 AND 1894.