Heavy Rains and Severe Storms: September 2, 2010
The wet summer of 2010 continues into September. A strong area of low pressure in North Dakota, along with a warm front lifting northward over southern Minnesota spawned severe thunderstorms that began in western Minnesota shortly after midnight on September 2, and moved across the state during the overnight hours. Many people woke up to the rumble of thunder in the wee hours of the morning.
A wide swath of central and southern Minnesota received from one half to an inch and a half of rain. There were also large hail and damaging winds reported. Hail the size of golf balls was reported west of Foley in Stearns County, and wind bent a rain road crossing arm at Olivia in Renville County. The heaviest rains were reported in Lincoln, Lyon and Redwood County. The heaviest rainfall reported so far was 5.2 inches in Arco and 4.8 inches at Ivanhoe in Lincoln County. Water covered a mile of Highway 16, 6 miles south of Hendricks in Lincoln County. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Redwood River near Marshall in Lyon County. The predicted crest is 14.4 feet, four tenths of a foot above flood stage.
One interesting phenomena with this complex of thunderstorms were the strong winds associated with the dying thunderstorms as they moved to the east over the Duluth area. Wind gusts over 40 mph were reported in the Duluth-Superior area, with 52mph reported at the Duluth National Weather Service, and 58mph reported on the Blatnik bridge, south of downtown Duluth. These winds were associated with a wake low, which is a localized minimum in air pressure that can sometimes develop behind an area of thunderstorms that is weakening.
National Weather Service Storm Summaries
- September 2, 2010 heavy rainfall and severe weather (National Weather Service Office - Sioux Falls)
Storm Reports courtesy the National Weather Service
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD 1126 AM CDT THU SEP 02 2010 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 1017 PM HAIL 17 S PUKWANA 43.53N 99.17W 09/01/2010 E1.00 INCH BRULE SD TRAINED SPOTTER 0330 AM FLASH FLOOD MARSHALL 44.45N 95.79W 09/02/2010 LYON MN LAW ENFORCEMENT WATER OVER HIGHWAY 59 IN MARSHALL 0335 AM TSTM WND DMG 6 S HENDRICKS 44.42N 96.43W 09/02/2010 LINCOLN MN PUBLIC TREE BRANCHES 3 TO 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER BROKEN OFF. LOTS OF TREE DEBRIS IN YARD. 0335 AM HAIL 6 S HENDRICKS 44.42N 96.43W 09/02/2010 E1.00 INCH LINCOLN MN PUBLIC ALONG WITH 5 PLUS INCHES OF RAINFALL. 0335 AM FLASH FLOOD 6 S HENDRICKS 44.42N 96.43W 09/02/2010 LINCOLN MN PUBLIC VERY HEAVY RAINFALL OF MORE THAN 5 INCHES. WATER COVERING AREA ROADWAYS. HIGHWAY 16 HAS WATER OVER IT FOR A MILE IN EITHER DIRECTION. 0345 AM FLASH FLOOD 5 W HENDRICKS 44.50N 96.53W 09/02/2010 BROOKINGS SD CO-OP OBSERVER VERY HEAVY RAINFALL. MORE THAN 5 INCHES. DITCHES OVER FLOWING AND FLOWING HEAVILY INTO NEARBY OAK LAKE. SECONDARY ROADS ON THE WEST SIDE OF OAK LAKE ARE PARTIALLY WASHED OUT. 0400 AM FLASH FLOOD WHITE 44.43N 96.65W 09/02/2010 BROOKINGS SD EMERGENCY MNGR EM REPORTS FLOODING IN THE COUNTY.FLOODING REPORTED FROM BUSHNELL TO WHITE AND NORTH TO THE COUNTY LINE.. TOWNSHIP ROADS ALONG 6 MILE CREEK FROM WHITE NORTHWARD TO COUNTY LINE ARE UNDERWATER. 0400 AM HAIL 9 N SLAYTON 44.12N 95.79W 09/02/2010 E0.88 INCH MURRAY MN PUBLIC JUST A FEW STONES IN ADDITION TO MORE THAN 1.5 INCHES OF RAIN. PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 330 AM CDT THU SEP 02 2010 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 0100 AM NON-TSTM WND DMG OLIVIA 44.78N 95.00W 09/02/2010 RENVILLE MN LAW ENFORCEMENT NUMEROUS ROAD SIGNS BLOW DOWN. 0105 AM TSTM WND DMG OLIVIA 44.78N 95.00W 09/02/2010 RENVILLE MN TRAINED SPOTTER RAIL ROAD CROSSING ARM AT HWY 71 AND HWY 212...BENT IN HIGH WINDS. PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 221 AM CDT THU SEP 02 2010 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 0145 AM HAIL 4 W FOLEY 45.66N 93.99W 09/02/2010 M1.75 INCH BENTON MN LAW ENFORCEMENT UP TO GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL REPORTED BY A DEPUTY WEST OF FOLEY. PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 159 AM CDT THU SEP 02 2010 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 0145 AM TSTM WND GST SARTELL 45.62N 94.21W 09/02/2010 M62 MPH STEARNS MN TRAINED SPOTTER PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN 931 AM CDT THU SEP 02 2010 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 0610 AM NON-TSTM WND GST 6 NW DULUTH 46.84N 92.21W 09/02/2010 M52.00 MPH ST. LOUIS MN ASOS MEASURED AT DULUTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ASOS /DLH/. PEAK WIND OF 45 KNOTS. 0614 AM NON-TSTM WND GST 2 NE SUPERIOR 46.72N 92.03W 09/02/2010 M44.00 MPH LSZ145 WI AWOS GUSTS TO 38 KNOTS MEASURED AT SKY HARBOR AIRPORT /DYT/. 0615 AM NON-TSTM WND GST 2 SSE DULUTH 46.75N 92.10W 09/02/2010 M58.00 MPH LSZ145 MN MESONET 50 KNOT GUST MEASURED AT MINNESOTA DOT SITE ON BLATNIK BRIDGE / PIER 20. 0618 AM NON-TSTM WND GST 1 SSE DULUTH 46.77N 92.11W 09/02/2010 M44.00 MPH ST. LOUIS MN OTHER FEDERAL 38.1 KNOT GUST MEASURED AT DULM5 GREAT LAKES MARINE / WATER LEVEL OBSERVATION SITE. 0620 AM NON-TSTM WND GST 3 SE DULUTH 46.75N 92.07W 09/02/2010 M44.00 MPH LSZ145 MN PUBLIC MEASURED ON A PRIVATE WEATHER STATION ON PARK POINT. 0802 AM NON-TSTM WND GST DEVILS ISLAND 47.07N 90.73W 09/02/2010 M43.00 MPH ASHLAND WI C-MAN STATION 37 KNOT PEAK WIND AT DEVILS ISLAND CMAN /DISW3/. && WIND GUSTS OVER 40 MPH FROM THIS MORNING/S WAKE LOW EVENT. MANY OTHER 30-40MPH GUSTS WERE RECORDED...PARTICULARLY IN THE TWIN PORTS AREA. WAKE LOWS ARE LOCALIZED MINIMA IN PRESSURE THAT SOMETIMES DEVELOP BEHIND WEAKENING AREAS OF THUNDERSTORMS...AS WAS THE CASE THIS MORNING. THE SHARPER CONTRAST IN PRESSURE OVER A SMALL AREA PRODUCES THE GUSTY WINDS.