Minnesota Public Radio features by Paul Huttner http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30162 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:29:41 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Paul Huttner http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Heavy snow, difficult travel in central Minnesota Snow is causing hazardous travel throughout central Minnesota. The rain-snow line is hovering in the metro area, with heavy snow west and north of the metro, and more rain south and east. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/04/storm-update-heavy-snow-totals-coming-in-metro-added-to-advisories/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:29:53 -0500 Winter storm warnings: Historic 'Top 10' April snowfall possible Even a late changeover to snow Thursday evening still leaves a good 12 hours of potentially heavy snow, with models cranking out snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/04/winter-storm-warnings-historic-top-10-april-snowfall-possible/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:37:54 -0500 Metro could get 6-12 inches of snow later this week The next powerful late winter early spring storm is winding up and heading for Minnesota and the Upper Midwest Thursday into Friday. The only questions at this point seem to be exact track and precipitation types, but the model guidance on this one is leaning mostly toward snow at this point for the metro. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/04/here-we-go-again-winter-storm-watch-includes-twin-cities/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:40:14 -0500 Tornadoes spotted in southwest Minnesota The crazy weather year of 2014 just got crazier. A major Mega Blizzard rages into early Tuesday from the Dakotas into the Red River Valley and northwest Minnesota. The same system has produced the first tornadoes of the year in Minnesota, in March. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/03/mega-blizzard-rages-2014-minnesota-tornado-season-opens-in-march/?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:40:29 -0500 Weather whiplash: Snow to spring fever in 48 hours Minnesota's chaotic spring weather is here. And while Thursday looked more like winter in parts of Minnesota, this weekend may actually get you to finally believe that the calendar is ready to turn to April and restore your faith in the season formerly known as spring. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/03/weather-whiplash-snow-to-spring-fever-in-48-hours/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:16:33 -0500 Wintry this weekend, 60s the next? More snow is expected in northern Minnesota Friday and this weekend will feel more like winter than spring. But next weekend should bring higher temperatures. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/03/winter-storm-north-chilly-weekend-but-near-60-by-next-weekend/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:17:42 -0500 Storm tracks south; snow ahead for metro Snow and mixed precip gathers west and north overnight. A light early morning mix may brush the Twin Cities, with the main event coming Tuesday late afternoon and especially Tuesday night. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/03/update-storm-track-trends-sightly-southeast-may-increase-metro-snowfall-totals/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 01:00:49 -0500 Major winter storm aims for Minnesota tomorrow March has been unusually quiet so far, but that's about to change in a big way. Winter storm watches and warnings are flying for much of central Minnesota for Tuesday, which means we may soon see scenes again like the one above. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/03/major-winter-storm-strikes-minnesota-tuesday/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:44:26 -0500 Massive Great Lakes ice and snow cover will boost lake levels in 2014 Great Lakes water levels have approached record lows in recent years. The massive ice cover prevents wintertime evaporation. Deep winter snow pack fuels massive spring runoff, and boosts water levels in the Great Lakes. Both factors will contribute to higher water levels in 2014. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/03/massive-great-lakes-ice-and-snow-cover-will-boost-lake-levels-in-2014/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:27:57 -0500 Minnesota is melting...slowly "We'll make a run at 50 today in the metro for the first time in nearly four months," writes Paul Huttner on Updraft. "A milder start and plenty of sun will give us a good shot. The deep snow cover will be the limiting factor to just how warm we can get. Most of Minnesota is still living on a glacier." The Pacific air mass overhead is plenty mild enough to support temps well into the 50s today in southwest Minnesota, with 70s again today in western Iowa and Nebraska. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/03/warmest-day-in-4-months-lake-michigan-sets-all-time-ice-record/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:45:57 -0500 Snow and wind expected Thursday, making for tough afternoon commute The heaviest snow -- up to 10 inches -- can be expected from southeast Minnesota, the eastern Twin Cities and into northwest Wisconsin. And by daybreak on Saturday morning, wind chills will be well below zero. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/02/storm-evolving-heaviest-snow-this-afternoon-into-the-overnight/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:49:20 -0600 After Wednesday thaw, major winter storm returns Thursday Thursday's late winter storm is looking like the real deal. There are still track issues to be resolved on Wednesday's model runs, but what looks nearly certain is that eastern Minnesota into Wisconsin will get a major snow blitz with ferocious winds. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/02/wednesday-thaw-major-winter-storm-returns-thursday/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:24:04 -0600 Winter storm warnings are up for Monday morning Twin Cities commute Winter storm warnings are out ahead of the next wave of snow due in late tonight and into Monday morning rush hour. More later today, but expect a snow laden Monday morning commute after a pleasantly quiet winter Sunday. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/02/first-rush-hour-snow-blitz-then-the-thaw/?refid=0 Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:30:32 -0600 Tundra time continues, snow south this weekend Some indicators early in winter pointed to a potential for a warming trend as we move into February. It does look slightly less Nordic in the next 2 weeks, but I don't see any huge warm ups in sight, yet. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/01/tundra-time-continues-california-reaches-drought-critical-phase/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:04:45 -0600 Winter storm warnings for Thursday commute Expect a very difficult commute in the Twin Cities metro with heavy snow falling, poor visibility and snow covered roads Thursday morning. If you must travel, plan on at least double commute times Thursday morning. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/01/storm-ramps-up-winter-storm-warnings-for-thursday-am-rush/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:10:31 -0600 One day thaw, Clippers Friday and Sunday, deep freeze returns Monday The next few days will test our ability to adapt to rapidly changing temperatures. Bursts of light snow will sail overhead, and by the time Sunday evening rolls around you may be shoveling another 2 to 4 inches off your front walk. It's the death of a thousand snowy cut this winter. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/01/one-day-thaw-clippers-friday-and-sunday-deep-freeze-returns-monday/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:14:45 -0600 Fresh snow, mild winter temperatures this weekend This will be one of those classic "Chamber of Commerce" Minnesota winter weekends. It just doesn't get any better than this weekend when it come to great outdoor winter weather in Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/01/saturday-morning-clipper-polar-vortex-returns-next-weekend/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:19:42 -0600 Temp roller coaster ahead, return of the Polar Vortex? Get ready for some major ups and downs on your thermometer in the next week. There are indications that after our balmy thaw early next week, another bitterly cold Polar Vortex may take a swipe at the Upper Midwest. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/01/temp-roller-coaster-ahead-return-of-the-polar-vortex/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:02:24 -0600 Snowy commute, then a wind tunnel on tap Our first Alberta Clipper of 2014 came in pretty much as scheduled today. Snowfall totals coming into the Twin Cities and other the National Weather Service offices confirm a wide area of 1.5″ to 3.5″ snowfall totals. Here's a quick look at some selected snowfall totals. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/01/snow-tapers-off-today-winds-kick-into-high-gear/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:21:26 -0600 Polar Vortex drives Great Lakes to highest ice cover in 20 years There are many benefits from increased ice cover on the Great Lakes. One benefit is that more ice cover means less evaporation and that can help sustain lake levels. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/01/polar-vortex-great-lakes-at-highest-ice-cover-in-20-years/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:13:37 -0600 The worst of winter is behind us? Temperature trend on the rise There is a very good chance we'll see a much earlier spring than last year. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/01/tracking-the-polar-vortex-winters-coldest-days-behind-us-after-this-week/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:08:27 -0600 Arctic front brings coldest air Monday The core of the coldest air will pass over Minnesota Monday. Wind chill warnings are in effect until noon Tuesday. Wind chills will range from -40 to -65. In the inner metro urban core, air temps will range from -20 to -27 Monday and Tuesday morning. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/01/super-arctic-front-brings-coldest-core-monday-morning/?refid=0 Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:35:47 -0600 Coldest in 9 years ahead? Much milder late next week The strongest arctic front in nearly a decade descends on Minnesota this weekend. Sunday through Tuesday will probably be the coldest three days of winter in Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/01/coldest-in-9-years-ahead-much-milder-late-next-week/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:31:59 -0600 On edge of major weekend winter storm, quiet Christmas week ahead If you're traveling south and east for the holidays, you will likely have a snowy journey. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/12/on-edge-of-major-winter-storm-sunday-quiet-christmas-week-ahead/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:53:58 -0600 Warm today, snow and cold return tomorrow Snow should break out in western Minnesota Thursday morning, and spread east toward St. Cloud and the Twin Cities about or after lunchtime into Thursday afternoon. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/12/warmest-in-16-days-wintery-relapse-thursday-with-cold-and-more-snow/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:48:33 -0600 Updraft: December running -9 degrees The good news is we may actually crack the double digits above zero within 48 hours. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/12/december-running-9-degrees-now-refreshing-candor-on-busted-d-c-snow-forecast/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:08:11 -0600 Rare 'winter waterspouts' over Lake Superior One of the benefits of life in an Arctic air mass is you might see things you just don't see anywhere else. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/12/rare-winter-waterspouts-dance-over-lake-superior/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:05:03 -0600 Snow flies north into Thanksiving Thanksgiving travelers in the upper Midwest will have clear sailing this holiday weekend, with one main exception. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/11/snow-north-into-turkey-day-and-giving-thanks-this-thanksgiving-weekend/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:19:10 -0600 East coast storm revs up, likely to affect travel After dumping heavy rains in Texas and the south Monday, the Thanksgiving week nor'easter makes the turn up the east coast Tuesday and Wednesday. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/11/east-coast-storm-revs-up-travel-impacts-primarily-tuesday-and-wednesday/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Updraft: Two inches of snow likely Thursday night Thursday may be the day we can look back at and say wintery weather really started in Minnesota. A minor clipper with a coating of two inches of snow would barely get our attention in February. It's a minor news event in Minnesota in November. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/11/winters-opening-act-coating-to-2-snow-likely-thursday-night-coldest-in-9-months-saturday/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Some snow likely Thursday night Weather maps change pretty fast in November. Snow has a way of sneaking up when you least expect it. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/11/some-snow-likely-thursday-night-optimisic-for-thanksgiving-travel-and-black-friday/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:28:29 -0600 Snow winds down, sun returns Wednesday Tuesday's storm delivered heavy wet snow. With temperatures just below freezing it will be a little icy underfoot Wednesday morning. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/11/snow-winds-down-sun-returns-wednesday/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Updraft: Rain and snow Tuesday night The rain and snow is mostly coming in on schedule. But each storm is unique, and this one shows one significant deviation from earlier model forecasts. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/11/evening-nowcast-update-rain-to-all-snow-tonight/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:20:27 -0600 Nicer weekend ahead, on the edge of snow next week? The good news: the upcoming weekend looks pretty decent. Now the slightly scary news: the weather maps are starting to look much more chaotic by mid-November. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/10/nicer-weekend-ahead-on-the-edge-of-snow-next-week/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:02:16 -0500 Possible slush, rain Tuesday Morning Moisture from our next weather system is streaming north, just as sub-freezing air aloft is ready slide away to the north. The result could be a few minutes to hours of slushy snow flakes Tuesday morning. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/10/am-slush-potential-trends-to-rain-lessons-from-sandy-1-year-later/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:06:19 -0500 Season's first snowflakes Sunday? Sunday may bring a sight not seen in Minnesota for months. It looks cold enough to produce the season's first snowflakes for parts of the state. The system's rain snow line appears to be set up right in the Twin Cities Sunday morning. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/10/seasons-first-flakes-may-fly-sunday/?refid=0 Sat, 19 Oct 2013 14:09:38 -0500 Rare 'Hunter's Moon' eclipse tonight Sky watchers in the Upper Midwest will enjoy a rare celestial treat in the sky tonight. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/10/hunters-moon-eclipse-tonight-coldest-halloween-in-62-years/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:12:20 -0500 Here comes old fashioned October rain Our next weather system is sliding into Minnesota with rain and cooler temps. The rain will be heaviest tonight into Tuesday morning. By the time it pulls out Tuesday evening, a good soaking rain of 1 to 2 inches plus will be another link in the chain that erases our late summer drought. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/10/old-fashioned-october-rainstorm-ahead/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:10:53 -0500 Tornado Watch until 8 pm west of metro NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch until 8 pm for the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota. The watch does not include the Twin Cities metro area. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/10/tornado-watch-until-8-pm-west-of-metro/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:45:01 -0500 Weekend stormy, cool, but sunshine and 60s to return next week Minnesota rides the eastern side of the strongest storm to hit the Upper Midwest in months. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/10/stormy-then-cool-weekend-sunshine-and-60s-return-next-week/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:54:57 -0500 Black Hills blizzard rages, 22 inches and counting Heavy snow and blizzard conditions are raking the Black Hills in western South Dakota today. I-90 has been closed from the Wyoming state line into the Black Hills. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/10/black-hills-blizzard-rages-22-inches-and-counting/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:45:20 -0500 Rare October 'moderate severe risk' Friday The opening act of our four-day fall storm has already brought lightning, thunder and downpours. The second act looks even more dramatic. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/10/rare-october-moderate-severe-risk-friday-ts-karen-threatens-gulf/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:38:07 -0500 Rain expected to arrive Wednesday night A potent storm in the Pacific Northwest is moving toward Minnesota bringing cooler air and much needed rainfall. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/10/rain-arrives-wednesday-night-government-shutdown-affecting-some-nws-products/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 07:35:00 -0500 Fall storm may bring heavy rains After three months of drought, it looks like Minnesota's weather pattern is ready to swing back to the other -- wetter -- extreme. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/09/weather-whiplash-ahead-seasons-first-fall-storm-may-bring-heavy-rains/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:37:11 -0500 Summer's last hurrah? Fall temps soon September's summer swan song is here. Today will feel more like July or August 30th than September 30th. This looks like the last 80 degree day for the foreseeable future so get out and enjoy our summer like breezes. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/09/monday-80s-but-fall-weather-arrives-late-this-week/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:22:57 -0500 Updraft: Warmer weather ahead A midweek warm front is pushing north, and brings warmer air and a chance for a few showers. The heaviest rains will fall south of Minnesota, in Iowa and Missouri. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/09/warm-front-ahead/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:06:50 -0500 Updraft: Fall weekend, Saturday showers We can't afford to be too picky in the rain department these days. Our next shower chance rolls in this weekend. There could even be frost in some parts of the state on Monday. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/09/fall-weekend-split-saturday-showers-frost-far-north-metro-monday-morning/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:17:56 -0500 Fall Weekend: Split: Saturday showers; Frost far north metro Monday morning? Our next shower chance rolls in this weekend. But with a four inch rainfall deficit and severe drought expanding in the Twin Cities metro area since July 1, can we afford to complain? http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/09/fall-weekend-split-saturday-showers-frost-far-north-metro-monday-morning/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:26:16 -0500 Updraft: Video shows twin waterspouts over Lake Michigan Waterspouts are relatively rare in the upper Midwest. But video captured Thursday show two dueling waterspouts over Lake Michigan off Kenosha, Wis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/09/twin-waterspouts-dazzle-on-lake-michigan/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:12:07 -0500 Severe drought expands in Minnesota, including metro Most of Minnesota and Iowa now need between three and six inches of rainfall to end the current drought. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/09/updated-drought-report-severe-drought-expands-into-metro/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:23:11 -0500 Updraft: Warm Wednesday will be less humid Our weather the next 48 hours is ideal for human comfort. Later this week we slip into a cooler more fall like pattern. After a cool weekend, summer returns next week. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/09/warm-wednesday-but-less-humid-cooler-weekend-ahead/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:54:14 -0500 The cost of climate change? Sandy survivors face extreme choices Some New York and New Jersey neighborhoods are becoming ghost towns as residents abandon their demolished properties. Homes worth $400,000 before Sandy are now appraised at as little as $10,000. Up to 68,000 homes in New York City and thousands more in New Jersey now fall into "flood zones" in new FEMA flood zone maps. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/09/climate-cast-the-cost-of-climate-change-sandy-survivors-face-extreme-choices-as-insurance-rates-skyrocket/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 09:22:21 -0500 Heat storm: Little real relief through Labor Day Somehow you just knew the summer of 2013 would go out with a bang when frost advisories were issued up north a couple of weeks ago. Weather has a way of "averaging" out over time. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/08/heat-storm-record-extreme-late-season-heat-wave-no-real-relief-through-labor-day/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:26:16 -0500 Updraft: Late August heat surge could lead to warm fall The switch is about to flip the weather back to summer mode. It looks like we'll finally get a prolonged string of lazy, hazy, crazy late summer days in the last half of August. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/08/seesaw-summer-of-2013-late-august-heat-surge-warm-bias-this-fall-for-minnesota/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:07:52 -0500 Updraft: State Fair sauna? Temps may push into 90s Our upper air pattern appears ready to shift in the next few days. A "heat pump high" will set up and delivers pulses of heat and humidity from the south and west by next week. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/08/free-state-fair-sauna-heat-pump-high-temps-in-90s-and-70s-dew-points/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:33:32 -0500 Sky show: Perseids peak, smoky skies and vivid sunsets A variety of astronomical and meteorological factors converge over Minnesota this week. The Perseids could approach "meteor storm" levels early Tuesday morning, with 70+ meteors visible per hour in some spots. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/08/sky-show-perseids-peak-summery-comeback-smoky-skies-and-vivid-sunsets-this-week/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 2012 was another 'top 10 warmest' globally We're all living witnesses to rapid climate changes in our lifetime. This is no longer your grandparents "Minnesota" or Planet Earth. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/08/climate-cast-2012-another-top-10-warmest-globally-minnesotas-trees-fight-to-adapt-to-climate-changes/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 06:41:32 -0500 Updraft: Strong to severe storms Tuesday On Monday, we celebrated a timely, widespread good old-fashioned soaking rain. Tuesday we track another rainmaker, and keep one eye out for the severe weather that may come along for the ride. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/08/crop-making-rains-this-week-strong-to-severe-storms-tuesday-summer-sequel-ahead/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Fact or myth: Updraft investigates the summer 'snowsquatch' Almost every summer, sporadic and mysterious reports of "elusive snowflakes" filter in from northern Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/07/snowsquatch-tracking-mysterious-july-snowfall-reports-from-bwca/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 18:56:29 -0500 It's a chilly, "Canadian staycation" kind of weather weekend A sort of "virtual atmospheric Canadian vacation" visits Minnesota this weekend as Canada's weather pushes south. Sweatshirts replace beach blankets for now. (Even the quarterback wore long sleeves at training camp.) Furnaces and wood stoves will fire in northeast Minnesota. The Tall Ships Festival in Duluth will have a decidedly Nordic feel. Frost in the cooler nooks and crannies of northeast Minnesota like Embarrass and the Boundary Waters? Not out of the question. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/07/canadian-staycation-summer-returns-monday-dorian-a-possible-threat-to-us-next-week/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:28:56 -0500 Severe storms continue to blow north and south of Twin Cities metro area A severe thunderstorm watch continues for southern Minnesota until 9 p.m. tonight. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/07/severe-storms-north-and-south-metro-in-between-cooler-breezes-friday/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 19:51:54 -0500 Hint of September weather this week? A cool front sweeps through Minnesota today bringing scattered thunderstorms...then a noticeably cooler and refreshing air mass. From three days in the 90s with high humidity last week to three days in the 70s with lows in the 50s this week? Welcome to "summer" in Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/07/severe-risk-today-september-preview-later-this-week/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:04:38 -0500 Updraft: Thunder threat returns; slight severe risk The metro's longest dry streak since March 19-29 comes to an end this weekend. Low pressure is sliding east from the Dakotas, and scattered rain and thunder return to Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/07/mixed-bag-weekend-thunder-threat-returns-slight-severe-risk-new-ice-in-data-on-minnesota-lakes/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 17:23:37 -0500 Damaging winds, large hail possible tonight The Weather Lab awoke to some pretty alarming wording from NOAA's SPC today highlighting the risk for another "Linear MCS" or Bow Echo rumbling across southern Minnesota later today and tonight. Looking at the variables, I agree there is a good chance for some severe storms later today. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/06/severe-risk-late-pm-tonight-bow-echo-damaging-winds-large-hail-possible/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:26:51 -0500 Updraft: Severe storm risk on Tuesday As Minnesotans continue cleaning up from the most widespread damaging wind event in several years, the next wave of rain and storms is already moving north. http://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2013/06/severe-risk-tuesday-thundery-warm-front-lifts-north-why-do-some-trees-snap-and-some-uproot/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Updraft: Rain returns this week Umbrellas, rain coats and wool socks are still in vogue. If your grass isn't green enough, or growing fast enough how about another shot of rain? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2013/06/rain_returns_is_minnesota_the.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:47:17 -0500 Live blog: Spring snowstorm spreading across Minn. Our latest "winter" storm in spring is moving into Minnesota tonight. Winter storm warnings are in place from the Twin Cities metro area to Duluth and into northwest Wisconsin. Heavy snow is expected tonight, with snowfall totals from 4-8 inches or more in the metro area by early tomorrow morning. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2013/04/mpr_weather_lab_live_blog_wint.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:24:23 -0500 Live blog: Latest weather updates Our latest April "winter storm" is in full gear in Minnesota today. Get the latest snowfall reports and storm trends here as the storm rages. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2013/04/mpr_weather_lab_live_blog_late.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:56:22 -0500 Storm warning includes rain, sleet, snow Looking at the weather maps these days is like being an air traffic controller. Just guide the next storm in. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2013/04/winter_storm_warning_includes.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Waves of rain-sleet-ice-heavy snow and thunder forecast If you're in the "more winter please" crowd there is something for everyone in the forecast. The next 48 hours will bring rain, sleet, ice, snow and even some thundersnow to parts of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2013/04/take_your_pick_waves_of_rain-s.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:26:51 -0500 Updraft: Ice, rain & snow ahead Welcome to a Minnesota March weekend. One day teases spring with sunny skies and temps pushing 40 Fahrenheit. The next? Everything is coated with ice, rain and melting snow creates 10,000 new lakes in the streets, and slushy snow is piling up. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2013/03/weekend_slop_storm_ice_rain_sn.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 20:00:00 -0600 Updraft: Recipe for cold Friday morning brings the coldest morning of the year to many Minnesota locations. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2013/01/recipe_for_cold_clippers_ahead.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:03:37 -0600 Blizzard warning for south Minn.; metro on edge of storm The most serious storm in two years will dump over a foot of snow and bring blizzard conditions to much of the upper Midwest through Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2012/12/severe_winter_storm_tonight_bl.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:49:06 -0600 Warmer, wetter weekend Is this the "new normal?" The Ides of December should be delivering snow to the Twin Cities. This year it looks like a rainy weekend mix. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2012/12/warm_weekend_system_metro_most.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 15 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Climate forum highlights dramatic changes MPR's meteorologist Paul Huttner reports from the Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media, presenting updated data on how climate changes are unfolding globally and in our backyard. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2012/10/science_museum_climate_confere.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Winter storm socks northwest part of state Just days after highs in the 80s and wildfires popping up around Minnesota, winter is setting in for the northern corner of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/weather/october-snow?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 07:46:57 -0500 Early Sunday storms hammer metro area A severe round of thunderstorms swept through the Twin Cities metro area early Sunday morning, and many residents awoke to the sound of loud thunder, hail and rain. Earlier in the weekend, the weather was worst in the southern part of the state, as in Kiester, Minn., shown here. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2012/05/sunday_am_thunder_hammers_metr.shtml?refid=0 Sun, 06 May 2012 10:31:40 -0500 Severe weather coverage live on Updraft Thunderstorms have formed to the west of the Twin Cities and a Tornado Watch is in effect for a large part of central and southwest Minnesota until 10 p.m. /collections/special/columns/updraft/?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 17:06:49 -0500 Updraft: Tornadoes possible in southern Minn. this weekend The National Weather Service is warning of possible severe weather in the southern parts of Minnesota for the duration of the weekend. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2012/04/weekend_severe_threat_tornadoe.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 17:26:04 -0500 Tornadoes tear through Dallas metro The National Weather Service has confirmed at least two tornadoes tore through the Dallas area and several others have been reported. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2012/04/outbreak_tornadoes_tear_throug.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 19:34:04 -0500 February to get colder A cold front cutting through Minnesota from north to south Monday could bring flurries. The front moved through northern Minnesota, and will arrive in the metro and southern Minnesota late afternoon and evening. A colder arctic air mass will sag south by Friday. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2012/02/cold_front_arrives_minnesota_f.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 18:54:40 -0600 Friday snow; Cold lingers thru Saturday; Snow & 30 Sunday? Our next weather tracks through southern Minnesota Friday. This system is focusing a dry powdery snowfall on the on southern half of Minnesota. The Twin Cities lies in the northern part of the system and snow could affect Friday's morning rush in the metro. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2012/01/friday_snow_cold_lingers_thru.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:24:12 -0600 Updraft: The new weather normal in Minnesota is warmer The National Weather Service has unveiled the "new" 30 year averages. One notable data point: Winter in Minnesota is getting warmer, especially at night. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2011/07/isolated_storms_sw_new_msp_30.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 07:44:58 -0500 Weather perfection today but the intense humidity will be back soon A weak bubble of Canadian high pressure is gracing Minnesota with cooler and much drier air today but dew points begin to creep upward again Friday and return to the 70s. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2011/07/weather_perfection_today_brief.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:14:38 -0500 New weather record: Highest dew point ever in Twin Cities The dew point reached 82 degrees at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. today. That's the highest dew point ever recorded at that location. The observed heat index of 119 at 4 p.m. appears to tie the highest heat index ever recorded in the Twin Cities. The previous record dates back to 1966. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2011/07/another_48_hours_of_relentless.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 18:18:20 -0500 Is tornado activity increasing in Minnesota? Meteorologist Paul Huttner and University of Minnesota geography professor Kenny Blumenfeld discussed the increase in tornados and whether urban residents should expect more tornados in the near future with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/blumenfeld_huttner_tornadoes?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 09:47:15 -0500 Hail, heavy rain and severe weather possible Hail and heavy rain is being reported in some parts of Minnesota this evening. There's also the possibility of some severe weather. Get the latest weather information on Updraft. /collections/special/columns/updraft/?refid=0 Sat, 21 May 2011 18:30:55 -0500 Weather models indicate warmer temperatures ahead The type of major upper air pattern change that would send spring time temperatures gushing into Minnesota may be about to unfold starting on Mother's Day weekend & beyond. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2011/04/models_major_warm_up_ahead.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 10:03:16 -0500 Flood recap: It could have been much worse The floods of 2011 are still in progress and have caused problems in some areas. There have been two flood-related deaths; and numerous roads, parks and fields remain under water, especially near the Red River. But MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner says it could have been so much worse. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2011/04/flood_2011_recap_late-week_sno.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 17:57:46 -0500 Major winter storm now includes metro area A late southward shift in our powerful hybrid winter-spring storm has placed the Twin Cities metro in the potential heavy snow band into Wednesday. Winter storm warnings have now been expanded to include the Twin Cities metro, which could see 5-10 inches of snow. /collections/special/columns/updraft/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:12:01 -0500 Weather service flood update brings encouraging signs It may be too early to breathe in a big sigh of relief just yet, but the latest batch of river forecasts from NWS Friday give us room to breathe a bit easier. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2011/03/nws_flood_update_brings_encour.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:01:28 -0500 Updraft: Storm next week, then rain and higher temps could be 'flood trigger' MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner is concerned that a weather pattern change could be a "flood trigger" in the next two weeks. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2011/03/lighter_snow_thursday_storm_ne.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2011 09:07:35 -0600 A grand reprise of winter A winter meltdown comes to an abrupt halt when a storm roars back into Minnesota tonight and tomorrow. Forecasters predict 6-12 inches of snow from the South Dakota border and northeast through St. Cloud, Brainerd and Duluth. /collections/special/columns/updraft/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 15:39:19 -0600 'Micro clippers' bringing more light snow to metro Radars are lighting up with snow across Minnesota once again today. The next in our series of "micro clippers" is laying out another swath of light snow, and again it will be just enough to produce some greasy skid stuff today. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2011/01/micro_clipper_snow_returns-sib.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2011 08:31:23 -0600 Updraft: Polar vortex spinning through Minnesota today A big spinning pool of frigid low pressure called the "polar vortex" is large and in charge this month Canada and the northern USA. The polar vortex roams around the far north in winter, but migrates southward at times. When it does, the slowly spinning whirl deals Minnesota and the Upper Midwest bouts of cold and (generally light) snow. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2011/01/polar_vortex_rules_snowy_pm_dr.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2011 08:51:12 -0600 Snowfall intensity, reach cranking up Bands of heavier snowfall intensity are increasing and will move through the metro through the evening. Expect road conditions to rapidly deteriorate this afternoon. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2010/12/snow_cranks_up_totals_coming_i.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 20 Dec 2010 11:19:55 -0600 Next storm Monday: Vikings 'Snow Bowl' 2010? Workers cleared TCF Bank Stadium of snow last week to prepare for the Vikings' game Monday night, but yet another fully charged low pressure system is spinning toward Minnesota and it looks like it will hit hard and fast on game day. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2010/12/next_storm_monday_vikings_snow.shtml?refid=0 Sun, 19 Dec 2010 17:21:45 -0600 Updraft: Snowiest winter start since 1991 The latest NAM model run Thursday morning cranks out .88" of liquid equivalent for the metro Saturday. That may be high...but if it verifies that would produce in well excess of 9" of snow! The latest trends indicate this could be a major winter storm with 6" to 12+" snowfall accumulations and wind somewhere near the metro Saturday! /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2010/12/snow_today_saturday_snowiest_w.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 09:38:08 -0600 Thanksgiving weather: snow ends, cold moves in Round 1 of our Thanksgiving winter weather package is winding down, with snow ending across most of Minnesota. Next comes the cold. Thanksgiving Day highs may not rise above the teens. /collections/special/columns/updraft/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 23:29:24 -0600 First snowstorm of the season headed our way Our first major winter storm of the season is winding up to the south tonight and moving north into Minnesota. From 8-12 inches of heavy snow could fall in a band across parts of central and western Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/updraft/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 15:48:42 -0600 Monsoon rains heavy in south Asia Floods in Pakistan, India, and China have killed thousands of people. Rain is in the forecast again for the next few days. It's monsoon season in that part of the world, but the rains have been particularly heavy this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/monsoon?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 11:09:44 -0500 Heat Advisory: Storms north today, south tonight Intense heat and high humidity is expected to bring stormy weather to the region this evening. Much of central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin is under a tornado watch until 11 p.m. The watch includes the Twin Cities metro. Keep track of the latest weather news on the Updraft blog. /collections/special/columns/updraft/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2010 08:42:16 -0500 Updraft blog Follow weather updates and news from Paul Huttner about the storms that tore through Minnesota on Thursday. /collections/special/columns/updraft/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 11:03:16 -0500 Updraft: Storms pack hail, high winds A cluster of thunderstorms moving through the southern third of Minnesota is packing locally heavy downpours, hail and high winds today. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2010/06/storms_pack_hail_high_winds.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 14:27:27 -0500 Nearly half of Minnesota feeling drought A new drought reported released today shows 45 percent of Minnesota is now considered "abnormally dry," up from 32 percent a week ago. /collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2009/06/new_report_45_of_minnesota_fee.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 10:02:23 -0500 A one-two punch of winter weather Winter is kicking into high gear this week, with a double dose of snow and high winds bringing near blizzard conditions to some parts of the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/12/weatherpreview?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2009 18:42:05 -0600 Minn. prepares for the season's first big winter storm Minnesotans are bracing for what meteorologists forecast will be the first major winter storm of the season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/12/northern_minn_prepares_for_the_big_one?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2008 22:48:40 -0600 Police searching for missing man in Lake Minnetonka Police are searching for a missing boater believed to be in the water since last night in Lake Minnetonka. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/24/search?refid=0 Sun, 24 Aug 2008 14:15:44 -0500 Thundershowers move through eastern, central Minn. A cold front cutting across Minnesota today is triggering showers and thunderstorms around much of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/17/weather?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2008 10:33:00 -0500 Updraft blog: Severe weather across Minnesota Keep track of the weather with MPR's Updraft blog. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/updraft/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 14:02:51 -0500 Heavy snow causes a messy afternoon commute With snow falling most of the day, Metro commuters prepared for a messy afternoon commute. Four to six inches of snow had fallen in the area, and forecasters were expecting the snow to end later tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/31/storm1?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2008 09:40:33 -0500 What we've learned about tornadoes since 1998 Severe weather is a fact of life in Minnesota. Even so, the March 29, 1998 tornadoes in the southern part of the state were considered extraordinary -- because of the time of year they occurred and because of their severity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/27/tornadoweather?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Winter storm watch issued for the region MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner says this weekend could bring 5 to 10 inches of snow to the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/updraft/archive/2007/11/real_deal.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2007 16:51:12 -0600 Weather Channel founder says global warming is a hoax The debate has been quite heated recently over global warming - no pun intended. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/23/21jet_global_warming?refid=0 Fri, 23 Nov 2007 14:58:25 -0600 Did "gravity waves" enhance last weekend's wind event in Minnesota and Iowa? There was something strange about the strong winds that lashed southern Minnesota last weekend. Such high wind speeds are usually accompanied by strong thunderstorms. But thunderstorms weren't a part of this particular event. Another possible cause: gravity waves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/08/gravitywaves?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2007 15:02:06 -0500 Region faces snow drought Much of Minnesota is more than two feet below average for winter snowfall so far. If there isn't a significant snow between now and the spring melt, there could be significant impact on spring runoff for lakes and rivers and on moisture in farm fields. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/14/snowstats?refid=0 Wed, 14 Feb 2007 17:57:19 -0600