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10/31/10: Sunday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:55 PM CDT, Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!!!

Low temperature report for Sunday, October 31st, 2010.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

Duluth, MN:  23 degrees
Brainerd, MN:  22 degrees
Hayward, WI:  20 degrees
Silver Bay, MN:  25 degrees
Ely, MN:  21 degrees
Pine River, MN:  21 degrees
Aitkin, MN:  21 degrees
Siren, WI:  21 degrees
Superior, WI:  25 degrees
Embarrass, MN:  15 degrees

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

A ridge of high pressure averaging 1026 mb was beginning to push off to our north/east late Today.  This high kept our area precipitation free Today with some occasional cloudiness along with some sunshine.  Highs Today ranged from the middle to upper 30s from the Iron Range to the Arrowhead with 40s common for the rest of us.  Winds Today were variable in direction under 15 mph.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

Water vapor satellite imagery shows that a northwest flow aloft dominated …

10/30/10: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:10 PM CDT, Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

An area of low pressure along with a cold front has pushed south/east out of our local area This Afternoon with high pressure pushing east out of the Northern Plains.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies with high temperatures generally in the 40s were found in our area Today with north, northwest, or east winds around 20 mph or less.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

Northwest 500 mb flow prevailed in the Upper Midwest Today in between an upper level low which was nearly stationary in Northeastern Canada and an upper level trough which was pushing east through the Western U.S. per water vapor satellite imagery.

Tonight through Sunday Night:

High pressure of 1020-1024 mb will move into the Upper Midwest through Sunday before it shifts slightly to our north/east for Sunday Night.  Dry weather is expected during this period with partly to mostly cloudy skies…

10/29/10: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:28 PM CDT, Friday, October 29th, 2010

Updated information regarding Tuesday's historic storm...Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

The pressure at Bigfork, Minnesota has been adjusted up to 955.2 mb/28.21"/ as a result...Tuesday's storm will go down as the 2nd strongest extratropical storm to ever affect the U.S according to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)  The strongest non-tropical storm in U.S. history occurred on January 3rd, 1913 with a pressure of 955.0 mb/28.20"/ at Canton, New York and on March 7th, 1932 at Block Island, Rhode Island.

Low temperature report for Friday, October 29th, 2010.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

Duluth, MN:  21 degrees
International Falls, MN:  21 degrees
Brainerd, MN:  23 degrees
Hibbing, MN:  19 degrees
Hayward, WI:  21 degrees
Sky Harbor Airport:  28 degrees
Bigfork, MN:  21 degrees
Pine River, MN:  21 degrees
Superior, WI:  25 degrees
Siren, WI:  23 degrees
Bruno, MN:  21 degrees
Cass Lake, MN:  21 degrees
Littlefo…

10/28/10: Thursday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:06 PM CDT, Thursday, October 28th, 2010

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

*Flood Advisory*

*A small stream flood advisory remains in effect until 3:15 PM CDT Friday, October 29th, 2010 for Carlton and Pine counties Minnesota and for Douglas county Wisconsin. 

*As a result of the excessive rainfall from the recent weather system...rivers...streams...and ditches continue to run high or were over their banks leading to some flooding.  As of Thursday Afternoon the following reports have been received.  Carlton county sheriff reported that Cartwright Road in Cloquet, Minnesota is still closed due to flooding and that some culverts may be flooded along the Moose Horn River.  Barnum City Park remains under water.  Pine county sheriff reported that Rush Boulevard in the Hogans Acres Subdivision...southeast of Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota is washed out.  Access to residences along Cathedral Pines Drive in Sturgeon Lake is impacted due to flooding.  …

10/27/10: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:14 PM CDT, Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Weather tidbits:

*Barometric pressure dropped under 29.00" at the Duluth Airport between 2-3 AM Tuesday Morning, October 26th, 2010.  It stayed below 29.00" until 2 PM CDT Today, October 27th, 2010.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Deep low pressure (974 mb) has moved into Central Ontario Province as of 2 PM Today.  Gusty northwest, west, or southwest winds continued across our local area Today with wind speeds of 10-25 mph along with some higher gusts.  Cloudy skies with areas of light rain or snow also occurred in our area Today on the backside of this historic storm.  High temperatures Today were generally in the middle 30s to lower 40s with wind chills dropping into the 20s at times.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

Powerful surface and upper level area of low pressure covered Central Canada with an upper level trough over the Upper Midwest Today per water vapor sate…

10/27/10: Storm Summary Information

Issued at 1:36 PM CDT, Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Sources:  NWS Duluth, MN/St. Cloud Times/Paul Douglas.

All-time lowest pressure readings in Minnesota and Wisconsin on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010.

At 5:13 PM CDT, October 26th, 2010 an automated weather station at Bigfork, Minnesota (Northern Itasca County) measured a pressure reading of 954.96 mb/28.20"/  This establishes a new all-time Minnesota State record for lowest pressure.  The previous record was 962.6 mb which occurred on November 10th, 1998 at Albert Lea and Austin, Minnesota.

*At 11:13 AM CDT, October 26th, 2010 the pressure dropped to 960.72 mb/28.37"/ at Duluth, Minnesota which establishes a new all time lowest pressure reading.  The previous record of 964.3 mb occurred on November 10th, 1998.

*At 3:45 PM CDT, October 26th, 2010 the pressure dropped to 955.98 mb/28.23"/ at International Falls, Minnesota which establishes a new all time lowest pressure reading.  The previous record of 971.9 mb occurred on …

10/27/10: STORM UPDATE

Issued at 12:27 AM CDT, Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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

*Winter Storm Warning* remains in effect until 10 AM CDT This Morning for Cass and Crow Wing counties Minnesota, including the cities of Cass Lake, Walker, Leader, Emily, Brainerd, and Pine Center.

*Winter Weather Advisory* remains in effect until 10 AM CDT This Morning for Cook, Lake, Central and Southern St. Louis, Carlton, Pine, Aitkin, Southern Itasca counties in Minnesota and for Douglas county Wisconsin.

*Wind Advisory* remains in effect until 7 PM CDT This Evening for Southern Lake, Southern Cook, Cass, Crow Wing, Aitkin, Carlton, Southern St. Louis, and Pine counties Minnesota and for Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, and Price counties Wisconsin.

Epic storm of October 2010 remains extremely strong early This Morning, although the pressure has come up a few millibars compared to the record setting readings of around 953 mb Tuesday…

10/26/10: Tuesday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:21 PM CDT, Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

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

...EPIC STORM SHATTERS RECORDS AND THE WORST MAY BE YET TO COME...

Some highlights from this storm so far:

*Special Marine Warnings* were issued around Noon CDT Today along the North and South Shore of Lake Superior, including the Duluth/Superior Harbor due to a line of thunderstorms producing winds up to 50 knots.

*Blizzard and winter storm conditions developing over parts of North Dakota and Minnesota.

*High winds knocking down trees and causing power outages.

*All-time record low barometric pressure readings in Minnesota Today.

*Areas of flooding around the Twin Ports.

Local Storm Reports from Today...Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

*6:38 AM CDT 10/26/10:  Non-thunderstorm wind damage.  Isabella, Minnesota (Lake County)  Trees reported down on Highway 1.

*10:45 AM CDT 10/26/10:  Non-thunderstorm wind damage.  Mercer, Wisconsin (Iron County)  Trees and power line…

10/25/10: Monday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:52 PM CDT, Monday, October 25th, 2010

...RECORD OR NEAR RECORD STORM SET TO HIT MINNESOTA THROUGH MID WEEK...

Storm Highlights:

*RAIN, WHICH COULD BE HEAVY AT TIMES
*HIGH WINDS WHICH COULD CAUSE SOME DAMAGE
*RAIN/SNOW AND POSSIBLE ACCUMULATING SNOW
*WINTER STORM/POSSIBLE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS TUESDAY NIGHT-WEDNESDAY NIGHT
*THUNDERSTORM THREAT LATE TONIGHT/TUESDAY MORNING
*GALE AND STORM FORCE CONDITIONS TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY OVER LAKE SUPERIOR

Rainfall report from 7 AM CDT Sunday through 7 AM CDT Monday...Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

Duluth, MN:  0.38"
Brainerd, MN:  0.54"
Hibbing, MN:  0.29"
Ashland, WI:  0.61"
Hayward, WI:  0.54"
4 miles south of Bruno, MN:  0.90"
Bruno, MN:  0.75"
3 miles west-southwest of Hinckley, MN:  0.80"
Cook, MN:  0.24"
Embarrass, MN:  0.22"
Floodwood, MN:  0.35"
3 miles east of Orr, MN:  0.25"
Silver Bay, MN:  0.92"
2 miles south of Tower, MN:  0.30"
Finland, MN:  0.94"
Butternut, WI…

10/25/10: HEADLINE INFORMATION

Issued at 3:22 PM CDT, Monday, October 25th, 2010

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

...WIND ADVISORY...

Timing:

12 AM CDT Tonight until 6 PM CDT Wednesday.

Counties included in the advisory:

Carlton MN...Southern St. Louis MN...Southern Lake MN...Southern Cook MN...Douglas WI...Bayfield WI...Ashland WI...and Iron WI...

Some cities included in the advisory:

Moose Lake MN...Cloquet MN...Cromwell MN...Duluth MN...Floodwood MN...Two Harbors MN...Silver Bay MN...Lutsen MN...Grand Marais MN...Superior WI...Solon Springs WI...Port Wing WI...Bayfield WI...Cable WI...Ashland WI...Butternut WI...Hurley WI...and Mercer WI...

Discussion:

*Easterly winds will increase to 15-30 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph developing near Lake Superior by late Tonight through Tuesday Morning as a powerful low pressure system lifts north into the Upper Midwest.  The winds will subside some from south to north on Tuesday as the deep low moves overhead...Winds will then back west a…

10/24/10: Sunday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:20 PM CDT, Sunday, October 24th, 2010

...MAJOR FALL STORM EXPECTED TO HIT THE AREA FROM MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT...

*High winds causing possible damage...
*Rain, locally heavy with a thunderstorm risk as well Monday Night...
*Accumulating snow possible from Tuesday Night through Wednesday Night...
*Rising temperatures Monday Night, followed by falling temps on Tuesday...
*A sudden wind shift from the east to west will take place sometime on Tuesday...
*Gale and storm force conditions on Lake Superior from Monday Night through Wednesday Night...

*Gale Watch* in effect for Lake Superior from Tuesday Morning through Tuesday Afternoon.  Peak winds up to 46 knots.  Peak wave heights up to 14 feet.

*Storm Watch* in effect for Lake Superior from Tuesday Afternoon through late Wednesday Night.  Peak winds up to 63 knots.  Peak wave heights up to 28 feet.

Note:  Seiches/sloshes or a change in water level is expected across the Great Lakes as this powerful storm moves thro…

10/23/10: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:39 PM CDT, Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

...Record breaking storm possible Tuesday/Wednesday...

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Something we have not seen in quite sometime occurred Today and that is alot of clouds and areas of rain which has been slowly lifting toward the north through Eastcentral Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.  Most of this rain has been on the light side with heavier showers and thunderstorms confined to Iowa and portions of Southern Minnesota which is in the deeper moisture and where a stationary front is set up.  With the clouds and areas of rain, high temperatures Today were stuck in the 40s to around 50 degrees which is pretty typical for late October.  Winds Today were out of the east at 5-15 mph with gusts to 30 mph occurring near Lake Superior.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

RUC model analysis and water vapor satellite imagery indicates that the 500 mb flow has transitioned to the southwe…

10/22/10: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:47 PM CDT, Friday, October 22nd, 2010

...RECORD DRY OCTOBER...

The first 22 days of October at International Falls, Minnesota has only produced 0.03" of precipitation making it the driest on record.

The first 22 days of October at Duluth, Minnesota has only produced 0.14" of precipitation which makes it the 5th driest on record.  The all time record of 0.03" occurred in 1872!

Low temperature report for Friday, October 22nd, 2010.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

Duluth, MN:  30 degrees
Hibbing, MN:  21 degrees
Hayward, WI:  22 degrees
Silver Bay, MN:  25 degrees
Eveleth, MN:  23 degrees
Longville, MN:  23 degrees
Superior, WI:  25 degrees
Embarrass, MN:  20 degrees
Floodwood, MN:  24 degrees
Upson, WI:  25 degrees

Weather tidbits:

*Thursday's (10/21) high temperature of 49 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota was the first day with a below average high temperature since October 3rd.

*Prior to October 21st, the last time the high temperature failed to reach 50 degre…

10/21/10: Thursday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:20 PM CDT, Thursday, October 21st, 2010

New monthly and winter outlooks issued Today by the Climate Prediction Center.

November 2010 outlook for Duluth, Minnesota:

40% chance for above normal temperatures
Equal chances for above normal, below normal, or normal precipitation

November 2010 through January 2011 outlook for Duluth, Minnesota.

Equal chances for above normal, below normal, or normal temperatures and precipitation.

Note:  The current La Nina is at near record levels according to the latest information from the Climate Prediction Center.  Usually a strong La Nina results in a colder and snowier winter for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin, but not all La Nina events are the same.  It should also be noted that the latter stages of winter is typically when the Northland will experience above average amounts of snow.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

High pressure of 1018 mb was centered in far Southwest Minn…

10/20/10: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:34 PM CDT, Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Weather tidbits:

*Today marks the 17th day in a row with an above normal high temperature at Duluth, Minnesota.  This streak may come to an end on Thursday.

*Going into Today, the last time Duluth, Minnesota saw at least 0.01" of precipitation was on October 9th, 2010.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

It's been an interesting day as a potent upper level disturbance and upper level trough digs S/SE from Southern Ontario Province.  The combination of cold temperatures aloft (-25/-28 degree C H5 temps) Steep lapse rates >6.5 c/km, and instability (CAPE around 100 j/kg) has resulted in scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms Today in Northern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.  The main threat from this activity Today has been from strong wind gusts due to powerful mid and upper level winds of 100-120 knots which were centered over the Northern Plains and Upper Midwes…

10/19/10: Tuesday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:33 PM CDT, Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Low temperature report for Tuesday, October 19th, 2010.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

Crane Lake, MN:  25 degrees
Embarrass, MN:  20 degrees
Floodwood, MN:  24 degrees
Kabetogama, MN:  25 degrees
3 miles east of Orr, MN:  22 degrees
2 miles south of Tower, MN:  21 degrees
International Falls, MN:  26 degrees

...A big pattern change is expected to take place for next week...The first snow of the season could fall by the middle or end of next week...

Note:  Average 1st measurable snow at Duluth, Minnesota:  October 24th.
Note:  Average first 1.0" snowfall at Duluth, Minnesota:  November 4th

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

High pressure of 1016 mb was centered in Western Missouri with low pressure of 1002 mb centered along the Manitoba/Ontario Province line as of 3 PM.  A cold front connected to that low was over Central Manitoba Province with a warm front covering Southern Ontar…