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    This would suck… Thank goodness both residents and pets are all safe.

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    We had barely any wind but my neighbors 2 blocks over had roofs blown off.  Incredibly localized

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    We had barely any wind but my neighbors 2 blocks over had roofs blown off. Incredibly localized

    So that’s in Blaine/Ham Lake area?

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    The new lake in one of my fields. It covers about 25 acres and the water in the ditch is about to the road. We now have had 5.5 inches of rain in the last week with more expected tonight.

     

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    That sucks.  Yeah, the weather doesn’t look friendly for over by your way tonight.

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    2.21 inches of rain in SSP.  For all of the severe weather warnings that were announced it never really seemed that severe here

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    We had barely any wind but my neighbors 2 blocks over had roofs blown off. Incredibly localized

    So that’s in Blaine/Ham Lake area?

     

    Yes.  Blaine

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    I suspect there were some embedded pieces that were worse that areas very near by.  Watching on the radar application I use that has some high-end analysis tools, I was seeing the intense rotation that the Weather Service was using to generate the Tornado warnings.  I also saw multiple reports from inside the metro area for 50+ MPH winds and damage.

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    I suspect there were some embedded pieces that were worse that areas very near by. Watching on the radar application I use that has some high-end analysis tools, I was seeing the intense rotation that the Weather Service was using to generate the Tornado warnings. I also saw multiple reports from inside the metro area for 50+ MPH winds and damage.

    What weather apps do you use?

    What weather apps do you recommend for the amateurs?

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    I suspect there were some embedded pieces that were worse that areas very near by. Watching on the radar application I use that has some high-end analysis tools, I was seeing the intense rotation that the Weather Service was using to generate the Tornado warnings. I also saw multiple reports from inside the metro area for 50+ MPH winds and damage.

    What weather apps do you use? What weather apps do you recommend for the amateurs?

    For basic weather checking, WeatherUnderground.com on my computer, and the WeatherNation app on my phone.

    For the “real” weather watching I do as a spotter/chaser (been a long time since I actively chased anything) I use RadarScope on my phone.  This is either $10 or $20.  For most purposes, this is has most of the tools I’d want, with the ability to add the different layers, look at different radar products (reflectivity which is what you see normally, base velocity for the wind speeds, and a few others).

    For the more serious work on my computers, I use GRLevel2Analyst.  This is about as close as you can get to being in a Weather Service office looking at their screens directly.  This is a $250 application, and is massive overkill for the vast majority of people.  http://www.grlevelx.com/gr2analyst_3/

    For the “hobbyist” weather watcher that’s looking for more than the true basics, GRLevel3 comes in at $80, and has some really nice tools as well, allowing a lot more flexibility than websites that are out there.  I haven’t actually tried the newer versions of this out, so it’s been many years since I worked with it, but he has been improving this as well.  http://www.grlevelx.com/grlevel3_2/

    The “Level2” and “Level3” in those names are what the radar data is called.  The raw feed from the antenna is Level 1 (nobody other than technicians working on maintaining the radar sets uses this).  Level 2 is the individual products that the radar provides, reflectivity, velocity, and a few other things, and is at a higher resolution than Level 3 data.  Level 3 is what you see on the TV, almost any website/weather app/etc.  This is highly processed already to make it accessible for most people.  The Level 2 data is good for people like myself that are very into looking at the details, and allows applications like GRLevel2 to run further analysis on subsets of the data to show details that the composite views from Level 3 don’t allow.

    The other thing I use regularly is the Storm Prediction Center website:  https://www.spc.noaa.gov/products   This has severe weather forecasts going out several days.  It takes some getting accustomed to in order to understand how the forecasts are written, as they’re meant for weather professionals, not the general public, for the most part.

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    I am not a fan of severe weather during this time of year so I glue myself to a couple websites and apps to watch what is coming.  I use Weather Underground both on my computer and phone, it has a decent radar and the forecast is pretty darn good.  I do have the Storm Prediction Center also bookmarked on my computer and have for several years.  I have learned a little bit of their language to understand when they post the discussions about possible watches.  There is a lot of good information on there when you understand a little of it.

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    I am not a fan of severe weather during this time of year so I glue myself to a couple websites and apps to watch what is coming. I use Weather Underground both on my computer and phone, it has a decent radar and the forecast is pretty darn good. I do have the Storm Prediction Center also bookmarked on my computer and have for several years. I have learned a little bit of their language to understand when they post the discussions about possible watches. There is a lot of good information on there when you understand a little of it.

    To be honest, for the majority of people, those are all you really need.  It does take some time to get a good grip on how the SPC forecasts are written, but once you do, it’s really good information.

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    Turns out the NWS declared the damage was due to a small tornado (EFO).  I am now mad I didn’t get to see it.  I would have been able to see it from my windows if I wasn’t in the basement with the kids.

     

    I was watching from my back window until the Tornado alerts went off on all of our phones/ipads.  Then I was coaxed into the basement by my wife.

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    Huge storm blew threw. The worst was 90mph winds. The line of storms stretch from the Iowa border to close to ND border. Worst of it is in NE SD now, but the bottom half is near Marshall and heading towards MSP.

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    Get ready for round 2 tonight. I think the central (within 494-694 boundaries) will miss it, but outside of that?

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    Get ready for round 2 tonight. I think the central (within 494-694 boundaries) will miss it, but outside of that?

    The part of the storm that was about to hit me fell apart right as it was hitting us. So a big nothing burger and the TS Warning was completely bogus.

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    Get ready for round 2 tonight. I think the central (within 494-694 boundaries) will miss it, but outside of that?

    The part of the storm that was about to hit me fell apart right as it was hitting us. So a big nothing burger and the TS Warning was completely bogus.

     

    I was hearing generally after midnight tonight, so I was a bit surprised at the wind currently.

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    Lotsa lightning here, heavy drops. A light version of last night.

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    Mankato missed out on the first round last night, the tail just went north of town.  I guess we got the second storm which was pretty much rain.  It must not have been too exciting because the dog didn’t wake me up but must have had some rain since there are plenty of puddles in the neighborhood this morning.

    Looking forward to the nice forecast for the next week now.

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    It’s a great day to open your weather app!

     

    Pick out your favorite cocktail, find some meat to grill, throw on a pair of shorts and get the hell outside!

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    Hopefully this evening makes up for yesterday.  It was really hot and sticky at around 5pm yesterday.

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    Can someone ELI5 if we’ll be able to see this well in the Twin Cities? And looks like Sunday night, what time?

    https://www.startribune.com/moon-goes-blood-red-this-weekend-eclipse-for-the-americas/600173060/

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    Can someone ELI5 if we’ll be able to see this well in the Twin Cities? And looks like Sunday night, what time? https://www.startribune.com/moon-goes-blood-red-this-weekend-eclipse-for-the-americas/600173060/

    A lunar eclipse is visible to anyone who can see the moon when it occurs.  It begins at 9:27 PM and lasts several hours.  While it is interesting to watch, a full lunar eclipse is not ‘spectacular’ or rare.  Also, the “blood” term is an exaggeration.  In the 70’s, when there was a lot of air pollution, there were more deep red colors being refracted around the Earth and onto the moon.  It is much more subdued nowadays.  (None-the-less, I will be looking in on it periodically) So, if it’s not cloudy, you will see it.

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    Kinda what I figured. Basically, go outside and look up. Thanks.

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    Can someone ELI5 if we’ll be able to see this well in the Twin Cities? And looks like Sunday night, what time? https://www.startribune.com/moon-goes-blood-red-this-weekend-eclipse-for-the-americas/600173060/

     

    Lunar eclipse explained at 9:30 of this video.

     

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    Yesterday’s storm system was a derecho.

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    If you can see the moon go check it out.  Moments from full eclipse!  Maybe Jup is taking pictures….

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    If you can see the moon go check it out. Moments from full eclipse! Maybe Jup is taking pictures….

     

    I hope.

    In general, today was about as perfect as it could be for weather.

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    Nope. Hurt my lower back yesterday and could barely move. Then needed to get up at 4:15am this morning. So not this time.

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    Nope. Hurt my lower back yesterday and could barely move. Then needed to get up at 4:15am this morning. So not this time.

     

    sorry to hear that Jup.  Back pain sucks. Hope you feel better soon!

     

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    Nope. Hurt my lower back yesterday and could barely move. Then needed to get up at 4:15am this morning. So not this time.

     

    I have literally felt your pain. Get better, man.

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    Nope. Hurt my lower back yesterday and could barely move. Then needed to get up at 4:15am this morning. So not this time.

    Sorry to hear. I’ve probably spent 50% of the last month laying in my bed due to the same problem. Wouldn’t wish this on anyone. Hope yours resolves much more quickly!

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    Suddenly, a ton of pea-dime sized hail dumped on Saint Louis Park.

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    Just blew through western Capital City, some closer to marble sized…..ick.

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    It started just west of the cities, and has been slowly getting worse ever since.  Nasty bow on the radar right now, guessing that’ll be about as strong as it can get.  Lots of reports of 1 inch hail in the southern half of the loop.

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    Maplewood…

    Just checked out how hail damage on the Dodge Journey.  Not that bad at all.  Maybe 6 dings, but nothing to make a claim over for me. It’s paid off, has a 170,000 miles on it and I’m keeping it cause of the MaxCare (extended warrenty) I have on it.

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    Lots of reports of 1 inch hail in the southern half of the loop.

    Texted my families… nothing in Apple Valley, Lakeville or Rosemount.

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    That is easily the longest I’ve ever seen it hail, must have been almost 15 minutes until it switched to rain.

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    That is easily the longest I’ve ever seen it hail, must have been almost 15 minutes until it switched to rain.

    Location?

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    That is easily the longest I’ve ever seen it hail, must have been almost 15 minutes until it switched to rain.

    Location?

     

    Hudson

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    Driving home from eagan area south on cedar I could see a huge anvil cloud with a nice lightning show within off to the south.  Completely clear sky everywhere else around.
    thankfully not a lot of traffic because I kept staring at the clouds.

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    Driving home from eagan area south on cedar I could see a huge anvil cloud with a nice lightning show within off to the south. Completely clear sky everywhere else around. thankfully not a lot of traffic because I kept staring at the clouds.

     

    Did you yell at them, too? ;)

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    Working in Mpls. today and had patients coming telling me it just got done hailing.  I didn’t see or hear any of it.

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    Driving home from eagan area south on cedar I could see a huge anvil cloud with a nice lightning show within off to the south. Completely clear sky everywhere else around. thankfully not a lot of traffic because I kept staring at the clouds.

    Did you yell at them, too? ;)

    One of the best… LoL!!!

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    gator said

    Lots of reports of 1 inch hail in the southern half of the loop.

    Texted my families… nothing in Apple Valley, Lakeville or Rosemount.

    Southern half of the loop, not south of the loop.  Basically south of 394 on the west side, south of 94 on the east side, and north of 494

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    Apparently everyone has a “hail” story today

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