One year ago, on Sunday May 22, 2011, eleven tornadoes touched down in eastern Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northeastern Iowa. One tornado rated an EF-1 struck North Minneapolis killing one person. Later that same day, an EF-5 tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri killing 158 people. It’s a sad reality. Even if you take the necessary precautions and take shelter, it’s nearly impossible to survive the power of an EF-5 tornado packing winds over 200 mph.
Compared to 2011, this severe weather season has been fairly quiet. In fact, no tornado deaths have been reported this month nationwide. Minnesota’s primary severe weather season runs from April 15 to September 17 with the peak month being June. From 1980-2006 the day with the single most severe weather occurrences is June 10. So June brides, you may want to keep that in mind.
While severe weather won’t be an issue this week, heavy rain will. If you’re heading out to do some trail work at Carver Lake Park then take the rain gear along. Rain arrives Wednesday afternoon with nearly an inch accumulating by Thursday morning. I wouldn’t be surprised to see 2″ amounts showing up by the end of the day Thursday. Rain chances will continue Saturday and Sunday. I’m hopeful that the rain will end for Memorial Day Monday but with a weather pattern like this, I’m not so sure.
Minneapolis/St. Paul weather forecast. Pure and simple from WeatherNationTV.