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2/28/09: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:42 PM CST, Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin:

Arctic high pressure averaging 1024 mb had pushed northeast of the area Today and was centered over Central Ontario Province. A surface trough was moving NW-SE through Northeast Minnesota Today with west/southwest winds found ahead of this trough, and a wind shift to the north/northwest behind it. 12 hour H5 height falls of 90 meters were located over the West half of Ontario Province Today near this trough. A new and much stronger area of arctic high pressure averaging 1046 mb was building into Central Saskatchewan Province This Afternoon, behind the trough that's moving through our area This Afternoon.

After a bitterly cold start to the day around the area, temperatures have climbed nicely This Afternoon, but were still seeing high temperatures a good 10 to 15 degrees below average on this last day of February. High temperatures were mostly in the teens and …

Low Temperatures

Issued at 5:47 PM CST, Friday, February 27th, 2009

Here are some low temperatures that were reported around the Northland earlier Today, Friday, February 27th, 2009.

Duluth MN: -9 degrees

International Falls MN: -14 degrees

Hibbing MN: -10 degrees

Two Harbors MN: -11 degrees

Grand Marais MN: -15 degrees

Ely MN: -15 degrees

Orr MN: -20 degrees

Crane Lake MN: -24 degrees

Cook MN: -15 degrees

Sky Harbor MN: -2 degrees

Pine River MN: -13 degrees

Cloquet MN: -11 degrees

Superior WI: -4 degrees

Embarrass MN: -17 degrees

Littlefork MN: -22 degrees

Northome MN: -19 degrees

Tim

Snowfall report

Issued at 5:39 PM CST, Friday, February 27th, 2009

Here are some snowfall reports from around Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin from Thursday and Thursday Night, February 26th, 2009.

Silver Bay MN (Lake County) 10.3"

3 miles North-Northeast of Finland MN (Lake County) 8.0"

10 miles Southeast of Grantsburg WI (Burnett County) 7.5"

Leader MN (Cass County) 7.0"

1 mile North of Adolph MN (St. Louis County) 6.8"

8 miles South of Hayward WI (Sawyer County) 6.3"

Duluth MN-Canal Park (St. Louis County) 6.0"

Sarona WI (Washburn County) 6.0"

4 miles West of Washburn WI (Bayfield County) 5.4"

12 miles North of Isle MN (Aitkin County) 5.2"

5 miles West-Southwest of Solon Springs WI (Douglas County) 5.0"

Aitkin MN (Aitkin County) 4.5"

Bayfield WI (Bayfield County) 4.1"

Brainerd (Crow Wing County) 4.0"

2 miles Southeast of Esko MN (Carlton County) 4.0"

Duluth MN-Woodland (St. Louis County) 3.8"

4 miles North of …

2/27/09: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:04 PM CST, Friday, February 27th, 2009

Weather History:

On this date in 1998, 1.16" of precipitation fell at Duluth Minnesota.

On this date in 1996, 8.4" of snow fell at Duluth Minnesota.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin:

High pressure of 1038 mb was centered over Northeast North Dakota late This Afternoon with a northwesterly flow aloft in place ahead of this high across Northern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin. Saw lots of sunshine around the area Today with this arctic high in control, but temperatures were on the cold side with readings generally in the single digits and teens. Winds have relaxed quite a bit though compared to 24 hours ago with a variable wind generally under 15 mph across the area Today.

Tonight:

High pressure will be in control of our weather which will result in clear to partly cloudy skies and another night of very cold late February temperatures. Lows Tonight will be in the single digits, teens, and 20s b…

2/26/09: Winter Weather Headline Information

Issued at 5:16 PM CST, Thursday, February 26th, 2009

*Winter Storm Warning* continues until 6 PM CST for the following counties in Minnesota: Southern Cass... Crow Wing... And Southern Aitkin... This includes the cities of Leader... Brainerd... Pequot Lakes... Breezy Point... Pine Center... Aitkin... And McGrath... Snow will taper off to flurries This Evening in the warning area, but strong north winds will continue to produce areas of blowing and drifting snow through the night. Total snow accumulations will range from 4 to 8 inches in the warning area. This same area is also under a *Wind Chill Advisory* which is in effect from 9 PM CST Tonight until 9 AM CST Friday...Wind chills during this time period could drop to between 20 below and 35 below zero.

*Winter Storm Warning* continues until 12 AM CST Tonight for the following counties: Pine MN... Burnett WI... Washburn WI... Sawyer WI... And Price WI... Some cities included in the warning are: Pine City MN... Hinc…

2/26/09: Thursday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:26 PM CST, Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Surface Analysis at 22z:

Low pressure averaging 1001 mb was centered over Northeast Missouri with strong 2 hour pressure falls of 4 mb noted per RUC model centered over Eastern Wisconsin into Central Lake Michigan. Arctic high pressure averaging 1036 mb was centered over Eastern Saskatchewan.

Upper Air Analysis at 22z:

Main feature of interest is the compact upper level low and shortwave trough heading east out of Southeast South Dakota into the Upper Midwest. This feature has been very progressive Today with widespread heavy snow occurring east and north of the upper low track with thunderstorms, ice, and rain farther southeast. 12 hour H5 height falls of 90 meters were found Today over Southeast South Dakota, Southwest Minnesota, Northwest Iowa, and Northeast Nebraska in association with this storm system. H8 temperatures as of 4 PM Today ranged from zero degrees C in Southeast Minnesota to -18 degrees C in extreme Northwest Minne…

2/26/09: This post has my pics...Not the previous one

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These pics were taken by me as the most intense snow band passed thru Duluth Minnesota around Noon CST Today... Visibility was very poor, and on my way back walking in an easterly direction...All the snow was blowing right into my face, boy that was awesome, but insane, as the snow would melt...Then, re-freeze forming ice on my face-gotta love mother nature!Tim

2/26/09: Pics/Vids from Today's Snow in Duluth, Minnesota

Issued at 1:36 PM CST, Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Between 2.5"-3.0" of snow here in West Duluth as of 1:30 PM Today, with the bulk of that falling within the last two hours. Seen a definate decrease in snowfall intensity per doppler radar around the Duluth area as of early This Afternoon...Seems like the most intense snow bands are now forming to the south and southeast of Duluth-Superior at the moment. Winds are still in a favorable E/NE direction here in the city for possible lake enhancement to the otherwise light snowfall, so i'll continue to monitor this possibility...But, right now it appears that the heaviest snow for the remainder of the Afternoon will run from Central and Southern Pine County Minnesota through all of Northwestern Wisconsin. Snow rates underneath this band could exceed one inch per hour, and some thundersnow is quite possible as well which could lead to hourly snowfall rates nearing two inches!

Winds have come up quite a bit here in the city …

2/26/09: Another update

Issued at 12:01 PM CST, Thursday, February 26th, 2009

*Winter Storm Warning* is now in effect for Southern Aitkin, Crow Wing, and Southern Cass Counties in Northcentral and Eastcentral Minnesota until 6 PM CST This Evening. This replaces the Winter Weather Advisory which was in effect for this area. Some cities included in this warning are: Leader MN... Brainerd MN... Pine Center MN... Pequot Lakes MN... Aitkin MN... Garrison MN... McGrath MN... And Malmo MN... Snowfall storm totals of 5-8" are expected in the warning area by This Evening.

*Winter Weather Advisory* is now in effect for Cook and Lake Counties in Northeast Minnesota until 6 PM CST This Evening. Some cities included in the advisory are: Two Harbors MN... Silver Bay MN... Isabella MN... Tofte MN... Grand Marais MN... Little Marais MN... Beaver Bay MN... And Castle Danger MN... Snow will accumulate 3 to 6 inches in the advisory area by This Evening. There's already been reports of up to 3 inche…

2/26/09: Snow Update

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Issued at 11:25 AM CST, Thursday, February 26th, 2009

As of 11 AM Today...Snow total was closing in on one inch at my location in West Duluth Minnesota. It's been snowing steadily since about 7 AM Today with the latest doppler radar out of Duluth showing an area of moderate to heavy snow extending across Eastern Minnesota, affecting the counties of Pine, Carlton, Southern St. Louis and Southern-Eastern Aitkin County in Minnesota as well as Douglas, Southern Burnett, Southern Washburn, and Southern Sawyer Counties in Northwestern Wisconsin. The heaviest snow is taking shape over Southern Washburn County attm with max DBZ'S up to 30 per GR3 radar...Communities of Spooner, Shell Lake, and Sarona are seeing this heavy snow band at this time. There's also been a band of heavier snow over Northern Pine/Southern Carlton Counties near the towns of Kettle River, Moose Lake, Barnum, Denham, Sturgeon Lake, Willow River, Duquette, Bruno, and Kerrick. Movement of the snow was toward the…

2/26/09: Thursday Morning Winter Storm Update

Issued at 7:45 AM CST, Thursday, February 26th, 2009

*Winter Weather Advisory* is in effect for Duluth/Superior until Midnight CST Tonight... The National Weather Service in Duluth, MN has expanded the Winter Weather Advisory to include Southern St. Louis County, Carlton County, and now all of Aitkin and Cass County in Northcentral, Eastcentral, and Northeast Minnesota. Snow is already falling here in Duluth...The snow started around 7 AM Today, so far a light dusting of accumulation on roads here in the city.

Low pressure at 13z was centered over Central Kansas, near Dodge City with a pressure of 1004 mb with a solid area of 2 mb per 2 hour pressure falls noted per RUC model from Northern Missouri through Iowa, far Eastern Nebraska, on up into Southcentral Minnesota. A tight baroclinic zone remained in place over Minnesota This Morning with H8 temps as of 7 AM CT ranging from +1 to +3 degrees C across Southern Minnesota to -15 degrees C in Northwest Minnesota. Water vapor satellite…

2/25/09: Winter Storm Update

Issued at 11:01 PM CST, Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Surface analysis at 04z showed low pressure of 1005 mb centered over Eastern Wyoming...Or west of Rapid City South Dakota. A wide area of weak pressure falls stretched from Southern South Dakota down to North Texas late This Evening, so we should see the area of low pressure pull out into the Plains during the Overnight hours.

Water vapor satellite imagery along with the latest enhanced satellite imagery definately reveals that this system is beginning to take off now as forcing associated with this weather system heads out into South Dakota and Southern North Dakota. The main area of snow was favoring the Central, Northern, and Western part of South Dakota attm with movement toward the E/NE.

No changes have been made to the winter weather headlines that are in effect for various parts of Minnesota through Thursday Evening...Refer to my previous blog posting on this information.

The 00z model run from Tonight is pretty much on track…

2/25/09: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:02 PM CST, Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Weather History:

On this date in 2007, 11.3" of snow fell at Duluth Minnesota with a liquid equivlant of 1.06".

On this date in 1990, a record low temperature of -26 degrees occurred at Duluth Minnesota.

Surface Analysis at 22z:

Low pressure averaging 1004 mb was centered over Southwest Wyoming with 2 hour pressure falls of 3 mb centered over Southeast Wyoming and Northern Colorado. Low pressure averaging 1010 mb moving into Eastern Ontario. A cold front connects the two lows with this boundary extending from Eastern Upper Michigan through Lake Michigan down to Central Illinois into Central Missouri...This front then backs northwest through Central Kansas into the Western half of Nebraska up to Eastern Wyoming. Incredible temperature contrasts remain in place around the U.S. and Canada Today with temperatures Today ranging from the 60s in Southern Nebraska to far Southern Iowa with mid 80s/low 90s common over Central and Weste…

2/25/09: Winter Weather Headline Information in the Duluth area

Issued at 4:41 PM CST, Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Following headlines issued by the National Weather Service:

*Winter Storm Warning* in effect from 6 AM CST Thursday until 6 PM CST Thursday for a small part of Eastern Minnesota and parts of Northwestern Wisconsin. Counties included in this warning are: Pine MN... Burnett WI... Washburn WI... Sawyer WI... And Price WI... Some cities included in the warning are: Hinckley MN... Pine City MN... Askov MN... Danbury WI... Grantsburg WI... Siren WI... Minong WI... Spooner WI... Shell Lake WI... Hayward WI... Winter WI... And Park Falls WI... Snow will spread northeast through the warning area on Thursday. Snow could become heavy at times with snowfall rates reaching one inch per hour possible. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 7 inches are expected by Thursday Evening with isolated higher amounts of 7 to 9 inches possible. In addition to the snow, winds will increase from the north to northeast on Thursday with gusts …

2/25/09: Winter Weather Headline Information

Issued at 4:20 PM CST, Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Following headlines issued by the National Weather Service:

*Winter Storm Warning* in effect from 6 AM CST Thursday until 6 PM CST Thursday for parts of Central, Eastern, and Southern Minnesota. This includes the cities of... Princeton... Morris... Glenwood... St. Cloud... Foley... Madison... Benson... Montevideo... Willmar... Granite Falls... Olivia... Gaylord... Redwood Falls... New Ulm... St. Peter... St. James... Mankato... Fairmont... And Blue Earth... 5 to 9 inches of snow is expected to fall in the warning area on Thursday, in addition to the snow...North to northeast winds will gust over 20 mph which will cause blowing and drifting snow and very poor driving conditions. A period of sleet or freezing rain may also occur Thursday Morning, especially across Southern Minnesota.

*Winter Storm Warning* in effect from 9 AM CST Thursday until Midnight CST Thursday for parts of Eastcentral and Southern Minnesota. …

Winter Storm Threat

Issued at 2:15 AM CST, Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

00z model guidance from Tuesday Night has made quite a shift to the north in regards to the heavy snow area for Thursday. Leading the way is the 00z NAM with the 00z NGM even slightly more to the north than the NAM... 21z SREF has trended north as well. The NAVY-NOGAPS and Gem-Global models are somewhat lighter in regards to precipitation amounts for Minnesota, but still show advisory and or warning criteria snowfall being met over portions of the state. The 00z GFS which has been the southern outliar for days is slowly coming around to the more northern solutions... Also of note...The 00z MM5 model also cranks out quite a bit of precip around all but Northern areas of the state on Thursday

Bottom line is this... The winter storm for Thursday and Thursday Evening could be tracking a bit more to the north. Will have to watch the next two model runs that come out Today to see if the ooz model run from Tonight was on to something…

2/24/09: Tuesday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:12 PM CST, Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Weather History:

On this date in 2001, 11.7" of snow fell at Duluth Minnesota.

Surface Analysis at 22z:

Low pressure averaging 1006 mb was centered over Westcentral South Dakota. A trough attached to this low was over Northwest Minnesota into Northeast South Dakota. A cold front extended from Western Ontario to the border of North Dakota and Manitoba.

Upper Air Analysis at 22z:

A general zonal flow (west to east) aloft was present around the Upper Midwest Today with a disturbance heading east through Southern Canada and the Northern Plains. 12 hour H5 height falls on the order of 60-90 meters were occurring Today near this system over Central and Northern Montana into adjacent areas of Alberta and Saskatchewan. A huge temperature contrast exists around the U.S. and Canada Today with late Afternoon H8 temperatures ranging from +6 degrees C in Southwest Minnesota to zero to -2 degrees C in far Northern-Northeast Minnesota. Bitter c…

2/23/09: Monday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:33 PM CST, Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Here are some low temperatures from around the area earlier Today, February 23rd, 2009.

Duluth MN: -9 degrees

International Falls MN: -20 degrees

Ely MN: -20 degrees

Orr MN: -20 degrees

Pine River MN: -17 degrees

Superior WI: -6 degrees

Babbitt MN: -22 degrees

Embarrass MN: -23 degrees

3 miles West of Floodwood MN: -16 degrees

3 miles East of Orr MN: -22 degrees

Littlefork MN: -17 degrees

Staples MN: -11 degrees

Milaca MN: -11 degrees

Long Prairie MN: -10 degrees

Baudette MN: -13 degrees

Park Rapids MN: -14 degrees

Wadena MN: -15 degrees

Bemidji MN: -11 degrees

Hallock MN: -13 degrees

Roseau MN: -11 degrees

Warroad MN: -11 degrees

Surface Analysis at 22z:

High pressure ridge averaging 1034 mb has shifted to the northeast, east, and southeast of Minnesota. Low pressure averaging 1012 mb was centered Southcentral Montana. A warm front extended from Eastern Montana to Western Nebraska. Pockets of 60 degree temperatures were found southwe…

2/22/09: Sunday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:10 PM CST, Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Surface Analysis at 21z:

High pressure ridge averaging 1036-1040 mb was centered from Manitoba Province down through the Eastern Dakotas. Low pressure averaging 1012 mb was centered over Southwest Quebec.

Upper Air Analysis at 21z:

500 mb low had moved into Southeastern Ontario attm per water vapor satellite imagery. Northwest flow aloft continued around the Upper Midwest Today on the backside of this low. A large storm system was spinning across the Pacific Northwest/Western Canada/and adjacent areas of the Pacific Ocean Today with an upper level trough heading into the Pacific Northwest. In between the northwest flow aloft around here and the upper trough heading toward the Northwest U.S. is an H5 ridge which was building across the Central-Western Plains per 24 hour 500 mb height rises which have been pretty strong in those areas. 850 mb temperatures at 4 PM Today ranged from -18 degrees C in far Northeast Minnesota to -10 to -12 …

2/21/09: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:10 PM CST, Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Weather History:

On this date last year, the low temperature reached -17 degrees at Duluth Minnesota.

Here are some snowfall reports around the area from last night and early Today...

Northeast Minnesota/Northwest Wisconsin:

Duluth MN (St. Louis County) 0.9"

Sarona WI (Washburn County) 1.5"

7 miles East-Northeast of Bruno MN (Pine County) 1.0"

12 miles North of Isle MN (Aitkin County) 1.6"

5 miles Southwest of Brainerd MN (Crow Wing County) 3.0"

4 miles North of Grantsburg WI (Burnett County) 2.1"

3 miles Northeast of Nisswa MN (Crow Wing County) 1.5"

5 miles North of Pillager MN (Cass County) 2.5"

Trade Lake WI (Burnett County) 4.0"

Saginaw MN (St. Louis County) 1.0"

9 miles North of Cumberland WI (Washburn County) 3.0"

Central/Southern/and Eastern Minnesota:

Chanhassen MN (Carver County) 6.5"

5 miles North of Cambridge MN (Isanti County) 5.5"

Isanti MN (Isanti County) 5.…

2/20/09: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 5 PM CST, Friday, February 20th, 2009

Weather History:

On this date in 2005, 4.6" of snow fell at Duluth Minnesota.

On this date last year, the low temperature fell to -16 degrees at Duluth Minnesota.

Here are some low temperatures from around the area earlier Today, Friday, February 20th, 2009.

Duluth MN: -8 degrees

International Falls MN: -23 degrees

Hibbing MN: -14 degrees

Ely MN: -20 degrees

Orr MN: -18 degrees

Crane Lake MN: -18 degrees

Cook MN: -20 degrees

Bigfork MN: -15 degrees

Superior WI: -4 degrees

Embarrass MN: -24 degrees

3 miles West of Floodwood MN: -15 degrees

Kabetogama MN: -25 degrees

3 miles East of Orr MN: -25 degrees

Littlefork MN: -18 degrees

Northome MN: -14 degrees

Surface Analysis at 22z:

Low pressure averaging 1012 mb was heading into Western Iowa. A trough stretched from Southwest Ontario across Western Minnesota into Southeast South Dakota. High pressure averaging 1028 mb was centered over Southwest Saskatchewan.

Upper Air Analysis at 22z:

A vigoro…