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9/30/09: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:48 PM CDT, Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Widespread frost and a hard killing freeze occurred over most of Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin early This Morning. Here are some low temperatures from Today, Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. Data provided by the NWS, Duluth, Minnesota.

Embarrass MN: 20 degrees

Babbitt MN: 23 degrees

Hibbing MN: 23 degrees

3 miles East of Orr MN: 24 degrees

3 miles South of Tower MN: 25 degrees

Grand Marais MN (Airport) 25 degrees

Silver Bay MN: 25 degrees

Ely MN: 27 degrees

Cook MN: 27 degrees

International Falls MN: 28 degrees

Cloquet MN: 28 degrees

Grand Rapids MN: 32 degrees

Duluth MN (NWS) 33 degrees

Duluth MN (Airport) 36 degrees

Sky Harbor MN: 37 degrees

Hayward WI: 22 degrees

3 miles North of Butternut WI: 25 degrees

Sarona WI: 26 degrees

Phillips WI: 27 degrees

Superior WI: 28 degrees

Upson WI: 28 degrees

Solon Springs WI: 28 degrees

Ashland WI: 29 degrees

Bayfield WI: 32 degrees

Note: Going into Today, the average monthly t…

9/29/09: Tuesday's Weather Report

Issued at 7:17 PM CDT, Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Weather History:

On this date in 1984... A record low temperature of 25 degrees occurred at Duluth, MN.

Weather tidbits:

-Frost/freeze expected for most of our area Tonight

-Easterly winds to increase the next couple of days

-Big Western storm set to move into the Plains through late this week

-First snows for Northern Minnesota/Northwest Wisconsin of Autumn 2009 could fall out in the two week time period?

Strong winds affected portions of Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin on Monday due to a powerful area of low pressure (984 mb) over Central Lake Superior and an area of high pressure which was off to our northwest. Here are some of the higher wind gusts that occurred on Monday. Information provided by the National Weather Service, Duluth, Minnesota.

Grand Marais MN (Bay) 67 mph

Devils Island WI: 56 mph

Grand Marais MN (Airport) 51 mph

Silver Bay MN: 48 mph

Port Wing WI: 47 mph

Cloquet MN: 46 mph

Hibbing MN: 46 mph

Duluth MN: 4…

9/29/09: Frost/Freeze Headline Information

Issued at 2:13 PM CDT, Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Following headlines issued by the National Weather Service, Duluth, Minnesota.

*Freeze Warning* in effect from Midnight CDT Tonight until 8 AM CDT Wednesday for the following Counties:

Koochiching MN...Itasca MN...Northern Cass MN...Northern Aitkin MN...Carlton MN...St. Louis MN...Lake MN...Cook MN...Douglas WI...Bayfield WI...Ashland WI...Iron WI...Washburn WI...Sawyer WI...and Price WI...

Some cities included in the warning are:

International Falls MN...Bigfork MN...Littlefork MN...Walker MN...Cass Lake MN...Hill City MN...Moose Lake MN...Cromwell MN...Carlton MN...Esko MN...Duluth MN...Floodwood MN...Cotton MN...Hibbing MN...Crane Lake MN...Ely MN...Hoyt Lakes MN...Two Harbors MN...Silver Bay MN...Whyte MN...Isabella MN...Forest Center MN...Tofte MN...Grand Marais MN...Grand Portage MN...Superior WI...Solon Springs WI...Patzau WI...Port Wing WI...Bayfield WI...Mason WI...Cable WI...Ashland WI...Glidden WI...Hurley WI...Upson WI...Merc…

9/28/09: Monday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:22 PM CDT, Monday, September 28th, 2009

Note:

On August 31st, 2009 the high temperature reached 70 degrees at the Duluth Airport which was normal for the date...Since that day we had an additional 27 days where the high temperature was at or above normal at the Duluth Airport. We racked up 28 straight days or a 4 week stretch where the high temperature was at or above normal at the Duluth Airport. During those 28 days...21 of them had a high temperature at or above 70 degrees including 2 days with a high temperature of 80 degrees! This streak ended Today, September 28th, 2009.

Local storm reports from Sunday, September 27th, 2009. Information provided by the NWS, Duluth, MN.

250 PM CDT: 0.25" diameter hail at the Duluth Airport (St. Louis County) with lots of pea size hail at the NWS in Duluth which lasted 5 minutes.

330 PM CDT: 0.25" diameter hail at High Bridge WI (Ashland County) measured wind gust of 37 mph. Lots of pea size hail.

425 PM CDT: 0.75" dia…

9/28/09: Marine Information Statement

Issued at 8:15 AM CDT, Monday, September 28th, 2009

Following marine headline information provided by the NWS Marquette and NWS Duluth.

*Storm Warning* in effect from 1 PM EDT Today until 10 PM EDT This Evening for the Open Waters of Central Lake Superior...or from Saxon Harbor WI to Upper Entrance To Portage Canal MI 5 NM Off Shore to the US/Canadian Border including Isle Royal National Park.

*Gale Warning* in effect for these same areas from 10 PM This Evening until Noon EDT Tuesday...

Expect sustained storm force winds or frequent storm force gusts from Noon EDT Today until 10 PM EDT Tonight.

During the storm warning plan on the strongest sustained winds of up to 42 knots from the north to occur around 4 PM EDT Today. Gusts up to 54 knots are also possible. Look for the largest waves of up to 24 feet to occur around 9 PM EDT Tonight.

During the gale warning plan on the strongest sustained winds of up to 38 knots from the north to occur around 10 PM EDT Tonight. Gusts up to 49 knots ar…

9/28/09: Wind advisory/freeze watch information

Issued at 7:57 AM CDT, Monday, September 28th, 2009

Following headlines issued by the National Weather Service, Duluth, Minnesota:

*Wind Advisory* in effect until 7 PM CDT This Evening for the following Counties.

In Minnesota: Southern St. Louis...Carlton...Southern Lake...and Southern Cook.

In Wisconsin: Douglas...Bayfield...Ashland...and Iron.

Some cities included in the advisory are:

In Minnesota: Moose Lake...Cloquet...Wrenshall...Duluth...Floodwood...Two Harbors...Silver Bay...Lutsen...Tofte...Grand Marais...and Grand Portage.

In Wisconsin: Superior...Solon Springs...Port Wing...Bayfield...Ashland...and Hurley...

A powerful area of low pressure centered over Central Lake Superior This Morning will move slowly to the east through Tonight. Strong northwest winds at 20 to 35 mph with frequent gusts over 40 mph will continue to occur Today and early Tonight across the advisory area. Winds will slowly subside later Tonight as the low pulls farther away.

A wind advisory means that winds …

9/26/09: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 6:23 PM CDT, Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Marine Information:

*Gale Warning* in effect from Sunday Night through Tuesday Morning for the open waters of Lake Superior. During the event look for northwest winds up to 45 knots with waves ranging from 15 to 25 feet!

*Gale Watch* is in effect for within 5 nautical miles of shore along the North and South Shore of Lake Superior from Sunday Evening through Monday Evening. During the event look for northwest winds up to 35 knots with waves of 6-9 feet. The highest waves are expected east-northeast of the Duluth-Superior Harbor due to surface winds out of the northwest.

Weather tibits:

-Strong cold front to sweep through on Sunday

-Falling temperatures and increasing winds will be the bigger weather headlines as the front moves through

-Gale event still expected over Lake Superior Sunday Night through early Tuesday

-Another storm possible later next week with a potential for some heavier rainfall

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minneso…

9/25/09: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:06 PM CDT, Friday, September 25th, 2009

Weather tidbits:

-Day number 26 with at or above normal high temperatures at the Duluth Airport

-Bit of rain Tonight/early Saturday

-Late weekend wind event with colder temperatures early next week

-Another big storm possible the middle and end of next week

Note: The Duluth Airport has recorded 18 days in September 2009 with high temperatures at or exceeding 70 degrees. The average number of 70 degree days during September is 8 dating back to 1874. The most number of days with a 70 degree or higher temperature was 19 set back in 1948. We could tie this record over the weekend.

Note: Average September temperature at the Duluth Airport through the 24th: 64.4 degrees
We are still on track to have the warmest September on record at the Duluth Airport. Previous record is 62.6 degrees which was set in 1897. Our average September temperature is 54.7 degrees!

Fall foliage report...Data provided by the Minnesota DNR and Travelwisconsin.com Up…

9/24/09: Thursday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:58 PM CDT, Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Weather History:

On this date in 2000... A record low temperature of 26 degrees occurred at Duluth, MN.

Weather tidbits:

-Today may have been the last 70 plus degree day until next Spring here in Duluth

-Windy storm to affect our weather later this weekend and early next week

-Gale and possible storm force conditions to impact Lake Superior late Sunday-Monday

-Active weather pattern possible the middle and end of next week

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

(Today's Weather)

Another day filled with sunshine and much above normal temperatures. Highs Today were mainly in the 70s with 850 mb temperatures as of 3 PM ranging from +12 to +13 degrees C. Amazing late season warmth was occurring This Afternoon across the Northern Rockies into parts of Alberta/Saskatchewan Province Canada where surface temps were in the 80s and 90s while H85 temperatures ranged from +20 to +26 degrees C! Dewpoints across our ar…

9/23/09: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:11 PM CDT, Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Weather tidbits:

More active weather pattern could unfold this weekend into next week...

Intense Autumn storm could bring gale and or storm force winds over Lake Superior later this weekend and early next week with high winds also possible for inland locations...

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

(Today's Weather)

Gorgeous first full day of Autumn with plenty of Afternoon sunshine along with more above normal temperatures. Highs Today were generally in the upper 60s to the lower-middle 70s with 850 mb temperatures as of 3 PM ranging from +9 to +11 degrees C. Drier air has pushed south into our area Today behind Tuesday's cold frontal passage. Dewpoints This Afternoon were in the 40s and 50s with PWS of 0.60"-0.80". Winds Today were variable in direction under 15 mph. Surface map late Today features an area of low pressure of 1020 mb over Westcentral Kansas with high pressure of 10…

9/22/09: Tuesday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:35 PM CDT, Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Weather tidbits:

Day number 23 with at or above normal high temperatures at Duluth...

First intense Autumnal Great Lakes storm possible later this weekend/early next week?

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

(Today's Weather)

Most of our area saw some rain showers at times from last night through This Morning but rainfall amounts in most spots were under one quarter inch with a few isolated pockets of around one quarter inch to four tenths of an inch of rain. Cold front responsible for the shower activity extended from Northern to Central to Southwest Minnesota as of midday with a nice clearing line working southeast behind the boundary This Afternoon across Northwest Minnesota per 1km visible satellite imagery. Mostly cloudy skies continued across our local area This Afternoon with a few pockets of sunshine here and there. Some additional showers have developed This Afternoon across portions of Nort…

9/21/09: Monday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:52 PM CDT, Monday, September 21st, 2009

Weather tidbits:

Over 3 weeks and counting with our above normal high temperature streak at Duluth...Were up to 22 straight days with at or above normal high temperatures in Duluth. Looks like will make a run for 4 straight weeks with at or above normal high temps.

As of September 20th, 2009...The average monthly temperature at Duluth is 64.8 degrees. September 2009 could go down as the warmest September on record at Duluth. The warmest September on record at Duluth was set way back in 1897 with an average temperature of 62.6 degrees.

All of the top 10 warmest Septembers on record at Duluth were set before 1950. Stats provided by the NWS, Duluth, Minnesota.

1st: 62.6 degrees (1897)
2nd: 61.5 degrees (1931)
3rd: 61.5 degrees (1891)
4th: 61.0 degrees (1906)
5th: 60.4 degrees (1908)
6th: 60.3 degrees (1920)
7th: 60.2 degrees (1948)
8th: 60.1 degrees (1933)
9th: 60.0 degrees (1940)
10th: 59.8 degrees (1894)

Forecast Dis…

9/19/09: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:08 PM CDT, Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Weather History:

On this date in 1984... A record high temperature of 90 degrees occurred at Duluth, MN.

On September 18th, 1991... 2.4" of snow fell at Duluth, MN.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

(Today's Weather)

Unseasonably warm temperatures blanketed our area Today with widespread 70s and 80s for daytime highs...temperatures close to Lake Superior held in the 60s and lower 70s Today. 850 mb temperatures as of 3 PM ranged from +14 to +15 degrees C. Mostly sunny skies covered our area Today with Afternoon dewpoints in the 50s to lower 60s with H85 td's from +8 to +10 degrees C. Winds Today were out of the south, southwest, or east under 20 mph. Surface map late Today featured high pressure of 1026 mb extending from Southeast Ontario Province west to Southern Lake Michigan.

(Today's Upper Level Analysis)

H5 low was centered over the Eastern Kansas-Western Missouri area This After…

9/18/09: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:31 PM CDT, Friday, September 18th, 2009

Weather History:

On this date in 2000... A record high temperature of 84 degrees occurred at Duluth, MN.

Weather tidbits:

2009 Tornado data for Minnesota. Information provided by the Minnesota Climatology Working Group.

Total number of tornadoes through the 18th of September: 24. Yearly average is 26.

16 of the 24 tornadoes were rated an EF-0 with winds less than 86 mph.

6 of the 24 tornadoes were rated an EF-1 with winds of 86-110 mph.

2 of the 24 tornadoes were rated an EF-2 with winds of 111-135 mph.

Southern...Eastern...and Westcentral Minnesota have been the recepients of the tornadoes that have struck Minnesota this year.

How cold was the Summer of 2009?

Statistics from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) NESDIS/and NOAA.

The Summer of 2009 (June through August) will go down as the 7th coldest Summer on record for the state of Minnesota.

25 states in the U.S. reported below normal or much below normal temperatures this Summer (June…

9/17/09: Thursday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:48 PM CDT, Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

(Today's Weather)

A cold front was dropping south into Northern Lake Superior and Northern Minnesota This Afternoon. Partly-mostly sunny skies were in place out ahead of this boundary Today with very mild late Summer temperatures in the 70s and lower 80s. 850 mb temperatures as of 3 PM ranged from +11 to +14 degrees C across our area. Afternoon dewpoints were in the 50s and lower 60s with H85 td's from +10 to +12 degrees C with PWS of 1.00"-1.20" in Northwest Wisconsin into Eastcentral Minnesota with .80"-.90" PWS across Northern-Northeast Minnesota. Winds Today were out of the southwest or northwest at 10-20 mph. Surface map This Afternoon features a high pressure ridge of 1022 mb extending from Southern Nebraska to Southern Lake Michigan with high pressure of 1024 mb centered over Northwest Ontario Province. A cold front extended fr…

9/16/09: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:14 PM CDT, Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Weather tidbits:

Average September monthly temperature at the Duluth Airport thru the 15th: 65.4 degrees. Were running 8.1 degrees above normal.

Only one day this month has had a low temperature below 50 degrees...this occurred on the 1st when the Morning low was 49 degrees at the Duluth Airport.

We have received 1.08" of rain so far this month which is 1.13" below normal.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

(Today's Weather)

Low clouds which covered portions of our area This Morning burned off giving way to partly cloudy-sunny skies during the Afternoon hours. High temperatures Today were in the 60s and 70s with 850 mb temperatures as of 2 PM ranging from +11 to +13 degrees C. Dewpoints This Afternoon were in the 40s and 50s with a few locales in western areas up to 60 degrees. PWS This Afternoon ranged from 0.60"-0.90" across Northwest Wisconsin and Northeast-Eastern Minnesot…