Monday, September 26, 2016

Light rain at times thru Tue with gusty winds and cool temperatures; Waterspout potential over the Great Lakes thru midweek

/Issued 4:42 PM CDT, Monday, September 26, 2016/

Visible satellite image from this afternoon and the weather setup thru midweek.  Source, http://weather.cod.edu/satrad/
















There is potential for waterspouts over the Great Lakes during the next few days.  The map below is valid thru 7 AM CDT Wednesday, September 28, 2016 showing where waterspouts could develop on a scale of 0-10.  Source, http://www.icwr.ca/experimental-great-lakes-waterspout-forecast.php
















Tonight's low temperature forecast.





















Tuesday's high temperature forecast.





















Rainfall reports during the past 6 hours - Ending at 3 PM today, Sep 26, 2016
Source:  MesoWest

Isabella, MN:  0.25"
Kabetogama, MN:  0.21"
Ely, MN:  0.14"
Ashland, WI:  0.14"
Grand Marais, MN:  0.11"

International Falls, MN:  0.11"
Grand Portage, MN:  0.11"
Littlefork, MN:  0.09"
Chisholm-Hibbing, MN:  0.05"
Glidden, WI:  0.05"

Clam Lake, WI:  0.05"
Hayward, WI:  0.05"
Orr, MN:  0.04"
Two Harbors, MN:  0.03"
Duluth, MN (Airport)  0.02"
Cook, MN:  0.02"

Weather Tidbits:

*43 nights this summer with a low temperature of 80 degrees or warmer at New Orleans, Louisiana.  This is a record for most nights with an 80 degree or warmer minimum temperature.  The previous record was just 13 nights which was set in 2010.  Note:  The annual summer average is 2.1 nights.  Source, @capitalweather.  More information about this record can be found at this link https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/09/26/the-mind-boggling-new-orleans-heat-record-that-no-one-is-talking-about/?asdfsadf

*Alaska finally had a cooler than normal day on Sunday, September 25th for only the 2nd time in 2016.  Source, @NWSAlaska

*"Cedar Rapids, Iowa is bracing for second biggest river flood on record; Over 250,000 sandbags have been put down in Cedar Rapids.  The Cedar River is expected to crest 11 feet above flood stage on Tuesday". More information at this link https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/09/26/cedar-rapids-iowa-braces-for-second-biggest-river-flood-on-record/

Weather Summary for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin
Date:  September 26, 2016

Rain has been falling most of the day east of the Iron Range southeast into portions of northwest Wisconsin, skies in this area have been mostly cloudy as well.  Farther west there hasn't been much rain today in fact there's been some sunshine peeking through the clouds from time to time.  No surprise with the thick cloud cover and rain that temperatures struggled to get out of the mid/upper 40s today in far northeast Minnesota.  Note:  Early this afternoon wind chills (Feels like temperature) were down into the 38-39 degree range at Ely, Hibbing and Cook.

Deep area of low pressure averaging 994mb was centered northwest of Lake Superior late this afternoon with an upper level low located right over the surface low making this system vertically stacked.  The greatest 12-hour 500mb height falls have shifted east of the Northland today with an area of 90-180 meter height falls covering the central/eastern Great Lakes per meso analysis.

Forecast Discussion for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

.Short Term Forecast...

Tonight through Tuesday night (September 26-27)

There will be little change in our weather through Tuesday night -- Strong area of low pressure northwest of Lake Superior this afternoon will drop S-SE into Lake Michigan by tomorrow night.  Moist cyclonic flow on the back side of this system will keep skies mostly cloudy in our area.  Occasional rain and drizzle will also persist tonight mainly over the Arrowhead of Minnesota and Borderland regions as well as in parts of northwest Wisconsin.  The western-southwest portions of the area should stay dry tonight.

Light rain and drizzle is forecast to cover a larger portion of the Northland on Tuesday with dry weather returning Tuesday night in all but far northeast Minnesota and far northern Wisconsin where light rain and drizzle is expected to continue.

Low temperatures tonight will be in the 40s to around 50 degrees but 30s are possible around the Brainerd Lakes area.  Highs on Tuesday in the mid 40s to low 50s with lows Tuesday night in the 40s.

Gusty winds will continue through Tuesday night.  West or north winds at 15 to 20 mph with gusts over 30 mph.

.Extended Forecast...

Wednesday and Thursday (September 28-29)

Nicer weather is still expected mid to late week as low pressure moves into the Ohio Valley.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies are forecast for Wednesday and Thursday with highs mainly in the 60s.  Low temperatures Wednesday night will be in the 40s with 30s in the typical cold spots.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Breezy.  Mostly cloudy with occasional light rain or drizzle.  Low 46 to 48.  Wind west to northwest at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts.

.Tuesday...  Breezy.  Mostly cloudy with occasional light rain and drizzle.  High 48 to 52.  Wind northwest at 15 to 25 mph.

Normal temperatures for Tuesday

High:  60
Low:   42

Sunrise Tuesday:  7:03 AM CDT
Sunset Tuesday:   6:55 PM CDT

Tim









Sunday, September 25, 2016

Gusty winds, mostly cloudy, cool temps and some light rain the next few days; Nicer weather mid to late week

/Issued 6:55 PM CDT, Sunday, September 25, 2016/















HRRRX model wind gust forecast valid for Monday morning.


















Visible satellite image from late this morning - A classic looking fall storm with rain east and west and a dry slot in between.
















Source, Weather Prediction Center




















Tonight's low temperature forecast.




















Monday's high temperature forecast.




















Rainfall reports for September 25, 2016
Source:  MesoWest

Note:  Rainfall totals listed below are thru 5 PM today.

Kabetogama, MN:  1.08"
Orr, MN:  1.01"
Grand Portage, MN:  1.00"
Grand Rapids, MN:  0.91"
Hill City, MN:  0.85"

Grand Marais, MN:  0.78"
Duluth, MN (Airport)  0.67"
Saginaw, MN:  0.47"
Cloquet, MN:  0.46"
Chisholm-Hibbing, MN:  0.45"

Brainerd, MN:  0.45"
International Falls, MN:  0.44"
Hinckley, MN:  0.40"
Pine River, MN:  0.34"
Two Harbors, MN:  0.31"

Moose Lake, MN:  0.31"
Siren, WI:  0.29"
Silver Bay, MN:  0.23"
Cook, MN:  0.23"
Isabella, MN:  0.18"

Minong, WI:  0.16"
Superior, WI:  0.12"
Hayward, WI:  0.11"
Phillips, WI:  0.10"
Clam Lake, WI:  0.07"

Temperature departure map for the week of September 18.  Above average temperatures over most of the Northland last week.
















Precipitation departure map for the week of September 18.  Below average precipitation in most of the Northland while southern portions of Minnesota had well above normal precipitation totals last week.
















Temperature and precipitation report for Duluth, MN (Airport location)

September 18-24, 2016

High temperatures:

9/18:  71 F/+7 degrees above normal
9/19:  73 F/+9 degrees above normal
9/20:  72 F/+9 degrees above normal
9/21:  68 F/+5 degrees above normal
9/22:  65 F/+3 degrees above normal
9/23:  64 F/+2 degrees above normal
9/24:  62 F/+1 degree above normal

Low temperatures:

9/18:  44 F/-1 degree below normal
9/19:  50 F/+5 degrees above normal
9/20:  46 F/+2 degrees above normal
9/21:  53 F/+9 degrees above normal
9/22:  51 F/+7 degrees above normal
9/23:  53 F/+10 degrees above normal
9/24:  54 F/+11 degrees above normal

Total precipitation:  0.10"
Normal:  0.97"
Departure:  -0.87" below normal

Weather Summary for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin
Date:  September 25, 2016

Strong height falls and cold air advection moved into the Northland this afternoon but before this happened temperatures did warm into the 60s to lower 70s but late this afternoon temperatures have dropped into the mid 50s and low 60s.  Rain this morning gave way to partly to mostly sunny skies but more clouds than sun returned to most of the area by late this afternoon along with scattered rain showers.  Winds today shifted to the south or west at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts.

Surface map at 5 PM had low pressure of 1000mb over western Ontario Province with one cold front over eastern Wisconsin with a second cold front across central Minnesota.  12-hour 500mb height falls of 90-120 meters covered the Northland this afternoon which is quite impressive for late September.

Forecast Discussion for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

.Short Term Forecast...

Tonight through Monday night (September 25-26)

Windy and cool fall weather on the way under mostly cloudy skies as a strong low pressure system at the surface and aloft move slowly east as it passes north of Lake Superior through Monday night while a deep upper level trough moves over the Upper Midwest.

Occasional light rain and drizzle will be found over most of the Northland tonight through Monday night with western-southwest portions of the area having the least chance for rain by Monday.

Low temperatures tonight will be in the 40s to lower 50s with highs on Monday in the 50s but remaining in the upper 40s in far northeast Minnesota.  Lows Monday night in the 40s with 30s around the Brainerd Lakes area.

Will have a strong wind out of the west or northwest tonight through Monday night -- Wind speeds at 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 30-40 mph.

.Extended Forecast...

Tuesday (September 27)

Lingering effects of low pressure and upper level trough continues on Tuesday with mostly cloudy skies in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin along with a chance for more rain showers and drizzle while far western areas remain dry.  Highs on Tuesday in the 40s and 50s but near 60 around the Brainerd Lakes.  Lows Tuesday night in the 30s and 40s.

Wednesday (September 28)

Will finally see the area of low pressure move a bit more to the south/east by midweek which should lead to sunnier skies in most of the Northland on Wednesday but the Arrowhead of Minnesota and portions of northern Wisconsin will probably have more clouds than sun.  Highs on Wednesday are forecast to be in the 50s to lower 60s.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Windy.  Mostly cloudy with occasional light rain.  Low 47 to 50.  Wind west at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

.Monday...  Windy.  Mostly cloudy.  Occasional light rain.  High 50 to 54.  Wind west to northwest at 15 to 30 mph with higher gusts.

Normal temperatures for Monday

High:  61
Low:   42

Sunrise Monday:  7:01 AM CDT
Sunset Monday:   6:57 PM CDT

Tim






Saturday, September 24, 2016

Rain after midnight in Duluth; Skies clear a bit late Sunday morning-afternoon with highs nearing 70 degrees; Windy and chillier with some rain Sun night-Mon (West wind 30+ mph gusts)

/Issued 6:28 AM CDT, Saturday, September 24, 2016/

Visible satellite image and weather setup from late Saturday afternoon.  Source, http://weather.cod.edu/satrad/
















Source, Weather Prediction Center.















Source, Weather Prediction Center.




















Tonight's low temperature forecast.




















Saturday's high temperature forecast.




















Rainfall reports for September 23-24, 2016
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, MN; CoCoRaHs

Northome, MN:  0.20"
International Falls, MN:  0.08"
Duluth, MN 6.2 NE:  0.06"
Togo, MN:  0.05"
Tofte, MN 4.9 NE:  0.05"
Brainerd, MN:  0.04"
Cook, MN:  0.03"

Weather Summary for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin
Date:  September 24, 2016

A gray late September day with high temperatures mainly in the 60s.  A little on the humid side considering the time of year with dew points in the 50s to lower 60s today.  Winds were out of the east or southeast at 5 to 15 mph with higher gusts continuing near Lake Superior.  Surface map late this afternoon had low pressure of 1004mb over western North Dakota.  A warm front was over southwest Minnesota with a cold front extending from central North Dakota to eastern South Dakota.  High pressure of 1026mb continues to sit over eastern Ontario Province.

Forecast Discussion for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

.Short Term Forecast...

Tonight (September 24)

Rain will move into western-southern sections of the Northland this evening with rain gradually moving into or re-developing over northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin but likely not until after midnight.

Low pressure will lift northeast out of western North Dakota reaching southern/eastern portions of Manitoba Province by daybreak.  A warm front and cold front connected to this low will move into the Northland by late tonight.  A strong S-SW low level jet of 30-40+ knots will be in place ahead of this system tonight which will pump deep moisture into our area with PWATS ranging from 1.50-2.00".  Not a lot of instability though with elevated CAPE at around 100-300 j/kg which may be enough for isolated thunderstorms but not expecting widespread convection with this system in our area.  Heavy downpours will be possible tonight due to the humid airmass in place.

Mostly cloudy skies for tonight with areas of drizzle and fog possible.  Low temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s with south or east winds at 5 to 15 mph with higher gusts near Lake Superior.

Sunday (September 25)

Rain lingering tomorrow morning in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.  Mostly cloudy skies will likely give way to some clearing from SW-NE during the mid-late morning and afternoon hours as a dry slot moves over the Northland.

Low pressure moves into western Ontario Province while a strong upper level low/trough moves into the area by Sunday night which will lead to mostly cloudy skies with more chances for rain by late afternoon into Sunday night.

Highs on Sunday will warm into the 60s and 70s with lows Sunday night in the 40s and 50s.

Tomorrow morning winds will be out of the south or east at 5 to 15 mph.  Tomorrow afternoon the wind will shift to the south or southwest at 10 to 20 mph but east winds will continue over the Arrowhead of Minnesota until late Sunday afternoon.  Note:  The far northeast corner of Minnesota will likely have some lingering drizzle and fog through most of Sunday.

Winds tomorrow night will shift out of the west or northwest.  Winds will be on the increase Sunday night ranging from 15 to 25 mph with gusts over 30 mph.

.Extended Forecast...

Monday (September 26)

Windy and cool under mostly cloudy skies.  Light rain and drizzle should continue most of the day in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin as a potent upper level low and trough dig into the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes.  Highs on Monday in the 40s and 50s with lows Monday night in the 30s and 40s.  Strong northwest winds at 15 to 30 mph on Monday with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Tuesday (September 27)

Low pressure will be over the central-eastern Great Lakes region which will lead to partly to mostly cloudy skies over the Northland.  Still a chance for some showers on Tuesday especially over the Arrowhead of Minnesota.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the 50s to lower 60s.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Breezy.  Mostly cloudy.  Patchy fog and drizzle through the night.  Rain developing especially after 2 AM.  Low 56 to 61.  Wind east to southeast at 10 to 20 mph.

.Sunday...  Occasional rain in the morning under mostly cloudy skies.  Becoming partly to mostly cloudy from late morning through the afternoon.  Milder.  High 67 to 72.  Wind southeast at 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest at 10 to 20 mph during the afternoon.

.Sunday night and Monday...  Windy and cooler.  Occasional light rain.  Highs on Monday around 50.  West winds increasing to 15 to 30 mph with higher gusts possible.

Normal temperatures for Sunday

High:  61
Low:   42

Sunrise Sunday:  7:00 AM CDT
Sunset Sunday:   6:59 PM CDT

Tim




Friday, September 23, 2016

Gusty east wind continues near Lake Superior; Light rain, drizzle and some fog developing tonight lingering into Saturday with more rain arriving Sat night; Strong west wind Sun PM-Mon

/Issued 5:20 PM CDT, Friday, September 23, 2016/

Source, http://weather.cod.edu/satrad/

Water vapor satellite imagery from late this afternoon shows an impressive system over the Rockies which is lifting slowly N/NE.
















Source, Weather Prediction Center.















Source, Weather Prediction Center.















Source, Weather Prediction Center.




















Tonight's low temperature forecast.




















Saturday's high temperature forecast.




















Weather Summary for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin
Date:  September 23, 2016

Clouds have slowly been increasing across the Northland today as low pressure tracks toward the western High Plains - A warm front attached to this low extends from southern South Dakota to north central Iowa.  Temperatures near and south of this front were in the 80s and 90s today but it was much cooler but pretty much near normal temperatures over our area with highs mainly in the 60s.  There is a pretty big contrast in the amount of moisture over Minnesota today with PWATS at 4 PM ranging from around 0.50" in the Arrowhead of Minnesota to 1.80" across western and south central Minnesota.

Forecast Discussion for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

.Short Term Forecast...

Tonight (September 23)

Mostly cloudy with some rain tonight.  The rain will spread SW-NE across the Northland with mostly light rainfall amounts expected in most areas.  Could also be some drizzle and fog later in the night.  Low temperatures will be in the 50s with 40s possible in far northeast Minnesota.  Winds out of the east or southeast at 5 to 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph continuing near Lake Superior.

Saturday (September 24)

Drizzle and possibly some fog could linger most of Saturday around Lake Superior - Elsewhere expect generally mostly cloudy skies with increasing chances for rain over the entire Northland Saturday night with the rain tracking SW-NE or N-NE into our area.  Highs on Saturday will be in the 60s to lower 70s with 50s near Lake Superior.  Lows Saturday night in the 50s and 60s.  Winds remain out of the east or southeast at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts near Lake Superior.

Note:  A strong area of low pressure is forecast to lift out of the western High Plains moving into western-northern North Dakota between tonight and Saturday night while high pressure remains centered northeast of Lake Superior through Saturday night.  A warm front and cold front attached to the area of low pressure will finally move into the Northland Saturday night.

.Extended Forecast...

Sunday (September 25)

Areas of rain during the morning followed by a bit of a break before more rain showers move in or develop in parts of the Northland by the afternoon-evening hours.  Mostly cloudy skies but a period of clearing will probably occur as a dry slot passes through the area.  Highs on Sunday will be in the 50s and 60s with lows Sunday night in the 40s and 50s.

Monday (September 26)

Low pressure at the surface and aloft along with a strong upper level trough will affect our weather on Monday resulting in mostly cloudy skies with some rain.  Highs on Monday will mainly be in the 50s with 40s possible in far northeast Minnesota.

There will be a pretty good shot of cold air advection in wake of this system with 850mb temperatures of +12 to +16 C on Saturday dropping +5 to +10 C by Sunday evening and to around +2 to +4 C by Monday morning.

Note:  Looks like it could turn windy once again Sunday afternoon into Monday but this time the wind direction will be out of the west or northwest instead of the east wind we've been dealing with during the last few days.  Wind gusts could exceed 25-30 mph over parts of the Northland from Sunday PM into Monday.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Breezy.  Mostly cloudy.  Light rain gradually developing this evening.  Areas of drizzle and fog possible after midnight.  Low 51 to 56.  Wind east at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph.

.Saturday...  Breezy.  Drizzle and areas of fog possible.  Mostly cloudy.  High 56 to 61.  Wind east at 15 to 25 mph.

Drizzle and fog continues Saturday night with rain developing toward midnight.

Light rain is possible Sunday morning - Followed by partial clearing with highs in the 60s.

Gusty west winds, cooler temperatures, more clouds and some rain returns Sunday evening through Monday.

Normal temperatures for Saturday

High:  61
Low:   43

Sunrise Saturday:  6:59 AM CDT
Sunset Saturday:   7:01 PM CDT

Tim

Thursday, September 22, 2016

30-35" of precipitation so far this year in some parts of MN and west central WI, wow! 5-10" rain totals last night across parts of southern MN/western WI; Widespread rain expected in the Northland Saturday night

/Issued 5:03 PM CDT, Thursday, September 22, 2016/

Check out these precipitation totals from January 1 - September 21, 2016.
















Source, Weather Prediction Center.





















24-hour rainfall map ending the morning of September 22, 2016.  Source, Midwest Regional Climate Center.
















Source, http://weather.cod.edu/satrad/

A potent trough and area of low pressure over the western U.S. today will lift slowly north/east thru the weekend.
















Source, Weather Prediction Center.















Tonight's low temperature forecast.




















Friday's high temperature forecast.




















2016 precipitation totals and their departure from normal for select cities.

January 1-September 21, 2016:

Rochester, MN:  36.52" (+9.85" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  27.99"

Eau Claire, WI:  34.29" (+9.55" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  32.06"

Marquette, MI:  32.46" (+7.60" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  19.73"

Twin Cities, MN:  30.81" (+6.46" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  26.38"

Duluth, MN:  26.44" (+2.80" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  22.32"

St. Cloud, MN:  26.90" (+4.76" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  25.66"

Grand Forks, ND:  26.18" (+8.61" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  16.32"

Green Bay, WI:  25.20" (+2.65" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  21.93"

International Falls, MN:  22.41" (+3.30" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  17.51"

Rainfall reports from around the Northland for September 21-22, 2016
Source:  CoCoRaHs; MesoWest

Stone Lake, WI 2 NW:  2.79"
Hayward, WI:  1.66"
Phillips, WI:  1.61"
Hayward, WI 9.2 NNE:  1.22"
Butternut, WI 5.9 SW:  1.09"

Mellen, WI 18.6 SW:  1.00"
Park Falls, WI 1.3 N:  0.94"
Spooner, WI:  0.93"
Mahtowa, MN 3.2 NW:  0.84"
Aitkin, MN:  0.71"

Grantsburg, WI 0.6 SSW:  0.62"
Iron River, WI 7.2 SE:  0.52"
Siren, WI:  0.45"
McGregor, MN 7.3 N:  0.44"
Duluth, MN 7.9 SW:  0.43"

Brainerd, MN 11.5 E:  0.32"
Ashland, WI 0.5 WNW:  0.31"
Cloquet, MN:  0.23"
Superior, WI:  0.20"
Duluth, MN (Airport)  0.05"

**Major flooding last night across much of southern Minnesota and west central Wisconsin**

Here are some rainfall totals out of that area per NWS Twin Cities and La Crosse.

Waseca, MN:  10.16"
Maple Grove, MN 1 SSW:  8.11"
Chippewa Falls, WI:  7.46"
Brooklyn Park, MN 1 SE:  7.24"
Readstown, WI:  7.11"

Neillsville, WI 1 W:  6.77"
Mankato, MN 4 E:  6.69"
Lanesboro, MN 2 NE:  6.47"
Viroqua, WI:  6.36"
Steuben, WI:  6.05"

Osseo, MN 1 NW:  5.80"
Kenyon, MN:  5.71"
Eau Claire, WI (Airport)  5.65"
Elk Mound, WI 4 SE:  5.54"
Owatonna, MN:  5.35"

Castle Rock, WI:  5.03"
West Salem, WI:  5.01"
Fillmore, MN:  4.85"
Hugo, MN 2 WSW:  4.44"
Zumbrota, MN:  4.39"
Rochester, MN (Airport)  4.31"
St. Peter, MN 1 SW:  4.18"

Weather Summary for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin
Date:  September 22, 2016

Another major flood event hit parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin last night with this one targeting the area from the Twin Cities on south and east; road closures, mudslides, cars submerged, record or near record crests on some area rivers down in southern Minnesota and in parts of southwest Wisconsin.

Here in the Northland it was mainly dry today although there was some drizzle this morning in parts of the area.  The trend has been for increasing amounts of sun from north to south this afternoon as dry air continues to filter south out of an area of high pressure which was over Manitoba Province this afternoon.

Highs today were generally in the upper 50s and 60s with a few locations from Aitkin and Pine River up to Grand Rapids and Hibbing close to 70 degrees at 4 PM today.

Forecast Discussion for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

.Short Term Forecast...

Tonight (September 22)

Clear to partly cloudy across the north and partly to mostly cloudy skies across southern portions of the Northland where a few showers could develop tonight.  Low temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s with 30s possible in far northern Minnesota.  Winds will remain out of the east or northeast at 5 to 15 mph.

Friday (September 23)

Not much change in the weather pattern with high pressure remaining to our north while a warm front over north central Iowa remains nearly stationary or begins to lift slowly north on Friday -- Meanwhile a deep upper level trough and area of low pressure will be lifting northeast through the Rockies.

Partly to mostly cloudy skies are forecast in the Northland on Friday.  Showers are possible mainly in western-southern areas.  Highs will be in the 60s with a few locations possibly getting up to 70 degrees.  Lows Friday night will mainly be in the 50s.  East winds at 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph near Lake Superior.

.Extended Forecast...

Saturday (September 24)

Low pressure with its warm front and cold front will move slowly northeast into the Northland.  Ahead of this system southerly flow will transport humid air into our area with dew points reaching the 50s with low-mid 60s in southwest portions of the area.  PWATS are forecast to climb to between 1.50"-1.90" from late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.

A few showers are possible over parts of the area during the day on Saturday.

The best chance for rain looks to occur Saturday night as rain spreads SW-NE across the Northland.  Heavy downpours and isolated thunderstorms are possible as well.

Highs on Saturday will be in the 60s to lower 70s with 50s along the North Shore of Lake Superior.  Lows Saturday night will be in the 50s to around 60 degrees.

Sunday (September 25)

Low pressure lifts into Manitoba Province while a cold front continues to E-NE through the Northland.  Rain chance continues on Sunday especially from far northeast Minnesota down into northwest Wisconsin.  Highs on Sunday will be in the 50s and 60s.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 48 to 53.  Wind east at 5 to 15 mph.

.Friday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Breezy.  High 59 to 64.  Wind east at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph.

Note:  A few showers are possible Friday night; A better chance for rain arrives Saturday night.

Normal temperatures for Friday

High:  62
Low:   43

Sunrise Friday:  6:57 AM CDT
Sunset Friday:   7:03 PM CDT

Tim