Storms in opposite corners of Minnesota; 90s return Wednesday

A break in our persistent heat and humidity arrives Friday

Storms favored opposite corners of Minnesota Monday afternoon.

A line of strong to severe thunderstorms toppled trees and triggered power outages over 3,000 customers in the Tower and Ely areas.

Strong storms ripped through northeast Minnesota Monday afternoon. The Lake Vermillion area appears to be hard hit with down trees and power lines.

This outage map from Lake Country Power shows a concentrated cluster of outages on the eastern (downwind) side of Lake Vermillion.

Power outage map
Power outage map in northern Minnesota
Lake Country Power

Southwest Minnesota storms

Minnesota is a tall state on the weather maps.

It’s about 446 miles from Grand Portage in the northeast tip of Minnesota to Luverne in the southwest corner. Scattered thunderstorms are ongoing in southwest Minnesota as of this post late Monday.

NOAA’s NAM 3 km resolution model develops a bowing line of storms in southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa Monday night.

NOAA NAM 3 km model Monday night
NOAA NAM 3 km model Monday night
NOAA via Weather Bell

90s return Wednesday

Our hot July continues through at least midweek. The Twin Cities is already running more than 7 degrees warmer than average this month. Wednesday will be the hottest day for the rest of this week. More scattered storms and highs in the 90s return.

Forecast high temperatures Wednesday afternoon
Forecast high temperatures Wednesday afternoon
Twin Cities National Weather Service

The severe storms risk returns Wednesday to much of Minnesota.

Severe weather risk areas Wednesday
Severe weather risk areas Wednesday
Twin Cities National Weather Service

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