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    April 10, 2013

    Mpls could get a foot of snow, but there will be no snow emergency [FORECAST IMAGE]

    Live in Minneapolis and find yourself fretting about where you'll stash your car during the latest (and hopefully last) assault by The Winter That Won't End? Don't worry about it.SEE ALSO: Winter of 2012 fourth warmest in Twin Cities history [GRAPHIC] The official Minneapolis Snow Emergency Twitter ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Heat wave breaks 4th of July record, will continue through the week

    It's official: Yesterday was the hottest 4th of July in Twin Cities history. Temperatures broke 101 degrees Wednesday afternoon, exceeding the 1949 record of 100, says Jim Taggart, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. But that probably comes as no surprise to anyone who doesn't have air ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    This winter fourth warmest in Twin Cities history [GRAPHIC]

    ​It's March. When will winter start?Apparently, this year, it won't. We somehow managed to skate through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and Valentine's Day with daytime temps rarely dipping below 30 degrees and, for those of us in Minneapolis at least, no snow emergencies. Temps are projecte ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    First snow of the season falls today

    Say it ain't snow.​Hey there, Minnesota. We have something to tell you. You might want to sit down for this. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen is predicting the first snow of winter 2011-12. There, there -- we all knew this day had to come.

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    October 12, 2011

    Thunderstorm assaults Twin Cities, hail on its way to northern suburbs

    Yes, kitty, it's really hailing.​In case you are in a deep underground bunker, City Pages would like to inform you that it's storming outside.Okay, so most of you already knew that. What you should also know, if you live in the northern suburbs, is that it's also probably going to hail. If you wer ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Minnesota's rare October warm spell delights residents, terrifies scientists

    ​Minnesota's Indian summer is ending this week. As always, the temperature itself will be a matter of precise measurement, while the meaning of the bizarre warm spell of October 2011 is up for interpretation.Over the first 10 days of this month, the Twin Cities has experienced a remarkable string ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Torrential storms cause road closures, flooding in metro area

    In a matter of hours, NE Minneapolis was under water.​A wicked storm that dumped on the metro area for about an hour left several major roads underwater, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.The latest report from MnDot has closures at Highway 280, going southbound at the Broadw ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    After historic weather, Minneapolis heat index to hit 114 today

    Today's is the highest predicted heat index since Sunday.​The last day of the heat wave suffocating the city might turn out to be the worst. Yesterday was unofficially the most humid day in the history of the city, with an 82-degree dew point reading at the airport in late afternoon. The airport m ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Heat index over 100 degrees again today

    It will be this hot until tomorrow night, if anyone makes it.​Apparently Minneapolis has sinned against the weather and is being punished.  Yesterday's high temp hit 98 degrees, buckling highways and leaving 8,000 Twin Cities residents without power. The Minnesota Twins reported that dozens o ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Severe thunderstorm warning in effect until 3 p.m.

    Run Raider, Flickr.The rain won't last, and the heat is here to stay.​At least we got a short break from the heat. As some may have already noticed, heavy rains hit the Twin Cities this afternoon, causing the National Weather Service to issue a severe storm warning. Providing the storms slow dow ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Minneapolis heat index to hit 111 degrees today

    It'll feel like it's 111 degrees this afternoon. Try not to die.​Minneapolis is under siege by a severe heat wave that's dangerous to pets, kids, and the elderly and will probably make everyone else feel like an animal, a child, or an old person. The fever that's scorched the state since Sunday mo ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Twin Cities sizzling under Excessive Heat Warning

    ​Grab a cold drink and crank up the A/C, because the National Weather Service has issued another Excessive Heat Warning for the Twin Cities. Highs are expected to be in the 90s this afternoon and into the evening, but it will feel more like 100-106 degrees once humidity is factored in with t ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Tornado warning over for Twin Cities area [UPDATE]

    ​The National Weather Service in Chanhassen issued a tornado warning for the suburbs south and east of the Twin Cities at about 2:45 p.m., after radar indicated that a storm capable of producing a tornado moved through Rosemount, St. Paul Park, Inver Grove Heights, Eagan and Sunfish and St. Pa ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Minneapolis hits 103 degrees and breaks all kinds of records

    Hellish heat plus buckled roads equals massive traffic headaches.​How hot was it? Too damn hot: A record-breaking 103 degrees in Minneapolis, the National Weather Service says. Hot enough to buckle the roads in dozens of places the past few days, turning commutes into nightmares. Hot enough ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Brace for flop sweat: Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect

    Stinking hot at the CP Weather Center this morning.​Yesterday it was hot enough to melt the roads. Today it's going to be even worse. The National Weather Service says we're facing a hot, sticky mess with temps and humidity pushing the heat index to 101. The overall effect will feel like stan ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Excessive Heat Warning issued for Twin Cities

    drb62/flickrToo damn hot.​Remember back in March, when you were hunched under that parka, slipping and sliding on months-old ice, cursing the winter that never seemed to end? By dinner time today, you may be looking back on those days and think they were a pretty good deal. For the next few ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Minneapolis maps tornado's path

    ​The City of Minneapolis has completed work on a map that shows the path of Sunday's tornado, and the impact it had on the city, building by building. Major damage, marked in red, starts at about Plymouth and Upton, and continues on a diagonal path northeast.

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    May 24, 2011

    Minneapolis tornado rated up to EF 2, winds reached 135 mph

    mollyapolis/flickrSunday's tornado classified as an EF2 at times.​The truth is that you probably don't care much whether the National Weather Service designates a tornado an EF 1 or an EF 2 after your home has been shredded, and you've lost loved ones or seen them injured. All you know is, hel ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Yep, St. Michael tornado confirmed [VIDEO]

    The tornado touched down in St. Michael.​It's not a tornado until the National Weather Service says it's a tornado, so now we can say for sure that the funnel cloud caught on camera the other evening in St. Michael was the real deal. The same storm that sent us running for cover from massive ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    April snow forecast: We're screwed

    Will your commute look this bad?​We here at the City Pages weather desk regret to inform you that the much-rumored arrival of snow in April now appears to be a serious threat, and it's probably going to screw with your commute this evening, or tomorrow morning. NWS forecasters call this storm ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Snow almost canceled, spring wins in the Twin Cities

    Chances are good you won't need one of these after all.​We knew there was reason for optimism. The dire predictions, as late as breakfast time, about the Twin Cities being plunged back into Snowmageddon hell appear to be, well, off a bit.

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    February 22, 2011

    Twin Cities snow storm breaks February record

    Time to move the cars again.​Just like Snowmageddon in December, the February blizzard is one for the record books. The 13.4 inches of snow that fell at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport starting Sunday was the largest amount ever from a single February storm, according to the National W ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Minneapolis declares snow emergency [UPDATES]

    We'll be seeing a lot of this today.​A foot of snow has fallen on Minneapolis since Sunday morning, and after putting it off overnight, the city declared a snow emergency this morning. That makes eight for the winter -- a record.Mayor R.T. Rybak said Minneapolis was waiting to see how much more sn ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Minneapolis 2010-11 snowfall already beats an average winter

    dave was already takenKeep digging out. It's a long way until spring.​More snow fell in the Twin Cities by the end of January than the annual average for an entire winter. That hasn't happened in seven years. And it comes after the snowiest December on record. Feels like it, too, doesn't it ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Minneapolis hits 14 degrees below zero [UPDATE]

    MuladDangerously cold.​It's cold: 14 degrees below zero at 7 a.m. in Minneapolis, according to the National Weather Service. That was frigid enough for Minneapolis Public Schools to notify parents that all absences are automatically excused for the day. It's even colder in the suburbs: Minus ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Twin Cities could ring in 2011 with rain

    New Year's Eve promises to be a wet, wintry blur.​Forget being the Blizzard People. The National Weather Service says it looks like we are going to need our rubber duckies and a whole lot of sidewalk sand as we ring in the New Year. Once the fog, rain and freezing rain finish dampening the T ... More >>

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    December 26, 2010

    Twin Cities breaks snow records; emergency parking returns (Merry Christmas)

    Time to move the cars again.​We haven't had this much December snow in the Twin Cities since 1969, according to the eagle eyes at the National Weather Service. By the way, get out there and move your car again, will ya? Santa brought another round of snow emergency parking rules.

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    December 20, 2010

    Snow emergencies declared in Minneapolis and St. Paul [UPDATES]

    More snow. Oh boy.​Where in the heck are we going to put more snow? Minneapolis and St. Paul have declared snow emergencies again, as a fresh storm dumped a load all rush-hour misery all over the Twin Cities for the second time in just barely more than a week. Here's what you need to know:

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    December 12, 2010

    Blizzard snow totals in the Twin Cities

    A blizzard's just another excuse to play in the snow.​Congratulations. You survived Snowmageddon. We've listed the Top 20 snowfall totals for the Twin Cities area below. Now you need to shovel out the car and pay attention to the Snow Emergency parking rules (we're on Day 2). Stay warm.

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    December 11, 2010

    Blizzard socks the Twin Cities [UPDATES]

    Welcome back to winter.​The weather forecasters called this one right: The Twin Cities have been inundated with snow measured by the foot rather than just inches. And wind, as promised, is clearly kicking up. Driving around Minneapolis was sloppy and choppy this morning. Neighbors were helpin ... More >>

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    December 10, 2010

    Snowy blast takes on Minnesota [UPDATED]

    Snow caves should only be built in an emergency.​News flash: It's going to snow in Minnesota in winter. Go figure. But seriously, this time we're talking about a particularly cold and nasty blizzard. It's going to make life more miserable than usual for folks in the Dakotas. And sometime betw ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Snow storm is going to make the drive home a pain

    The big blue wave should beak over us by evening rush.​See that big blue wave on the radar photo? It's going to break right over the Twin Cities in time to make your even commute a pain in the neck. Or knuckles. (Insert your preferred pressure point here.) We're also looking for variations on ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    St. Paul braces for flooding and other people's waste

    Photo: Tom GazpachoToilet plungers may be needed in St. Paul.​It's bad enough to learn that dozens of Minnesota communities flushed their human waste into flooding rivers last week. Now we find out some of that crap is going to flow downhill into St. Paul, along with expected rising waters. T ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Tornado warnings up for Twin Cities suburbs [UPDATED]

    Image via NOAAFollow the action via some cool interactive maps on the NOAA website here. ​The tornado watch we told you about this morning was upgraded to a warning for Dakota and Goodhue counties this afternoon by the National Weather Service, capping a stinking hot day today. WCCO reported p ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Tornado count overestimated by National Weather Service

    Image via YouTubeDiscovery Channel storm chasers made tracks to Minnesota​It now appears that there were some wild imaginations and miscounts at work last Thursday when a hellacious storm system ripped across the state, killing at least three people. Those 34 twisters we and others reported? ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    Wisconsin and Iowa nearly hit by comet (VIDEO)

    ​Or so it appears from this Doppler Radar image (hat tip Paul Huttner/MPR.) Via the National Weather Service:Just after 10 pm CDT Wednesday evening April 14th, a fireball or very bright meteor was observed streaking across the sky. The fireball was seen over the northern sky, moving from west ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Flood warning issued for parts of Hennepin, Carver, Scott and Wright counties

    Smiling at the rapidly disappearing snow and ice around the Twin Cities? It comes at a cost.

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    December 15, 2009
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    December 9, 2009

    First winter blast snarls Twin Cities roads, with bitter cold to follow

    In case you hadn't noticed, it's snowing this morning and the roads are a mess. We couldn't have timed it better.

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    November 10, 2009

    The forecaster's name is Schulz. He reads pig spleens

    When did weather forecasting turn into a bloated high-tech TV production delivered by folks with goofy dimples, too much product in their hair and an itchy clicker finger?

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    October 6, 2009

    No joke: Snowflakes predicted in Twin Cities this weekend

    The National Weather Service has predicted that the Twin Cities could see snowflakes on Saturday and Sunday with highs "struggling into the 40s." The zombies won't be pleased.

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    August 20, 2009

    NWS confirms Minneapolis tornado

    We knew our tornado "expertise" was right all along. But will the NWS confirm if it was God who did the deed?

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    August 19, 2009

    Tornado reported near downtown Minneapolis, warnings continue in metro area

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning in parts of Hennepin, Anoka and Ramsey Counties. This warning is in effect until 2:45 p.m.

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    July 21, 2009

    Severe Weather Alert

    The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Weather Alert, and it's a doozy.

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    June 22, 2009

    Twin Cities under heat, sweat, misery advisory Tuesday

    The National Weather Service tells us the Twin Cities area will be under a heat advisory most of the day Tuesday. We think it feels pretty sweaty right now, so tomorrow should result in some really wet pits.

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    June 18, 2009

    Austin hit with up to 5 tornados, mayor says

    A late Wednesday night storm in Austin, Minn, left at least one person injured and potentially $1 million in damage from up to five tornadoes, says the city's mayor.

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    February 26, 2009

    Snowmageddon! Get home ASAP or have a miserable night!

    Did Minnesotans forget what it was like to have a snowstorm? We'd say yes.

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    January 4, 2009

    December 2008 14th-snowiest on record

    December in the Twin Cities was the 14th-snowiest De ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008

    Significant weather alert

    Dime size hail and 40 mph wind

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    June 5, 1996

    Down On The Farm

    Opera among the silos of outstate Minnesota, and a new staging of Steinbeck's grim classic.

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