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12/31/10: NEW YEARS EVE HEADLINE INFORMATION

Issued at 2:33 PM CST, Friday, December 31st, 2010

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

*WINTER STORM WARNING*

Timing:

Until 12 PM CST Saturday.

Counties included in the warning:

Koochiching MN...Itasca MN...Cass MN...Crow Wing MN...Northern Aitkin MN...Central and Northern St. Louis MN.

Some cities included in the warning:

International Falls MN...Littlefork MN...Bigfork MN...Togo MN...Grand Rapids MN...Cass Lake MN...Walker MN...Leader MN...Brainerd MN...Hill City MN...Hibbing MN...Cotton MN...Ely MN...and Crane Lake MN.

Discussion:

Snow will spread north into the Iron Range, Brainerd Lakes, and borderland region This Evening with snow continuing Overnight before tapering off to light snow and flurries on Saturday.  Total snowfall accumulations by Saturday will range from 5-8".

Main impacts:  Heavier bands of snow with hourly snowfall rates up to one inch an hour combined with gusty northeast winds causing visibilities to fall to around a half mile…

12/31/10: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 1:03 PM CST, Friday, December 31st, 2010

Final snowfall reports from the winter storm that hit Northern Minnesota on Thursday, December 30th, 2010.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

7 miles south of Bigfork, MN (Itasca county)  12.1"
15 miles north of Grand Rapids, MN (Itasca county)  11.0"
Walker, MN (Cass county)  9.5"
Chisholm, MN (St. Louis county)  9.0"
5 miles north of Virginia, MN (St. Louis county)  8.0"
5 miles east of Leader, MN (Cass county)  7.0"
International Falls, MN (Koochiching county)  6.6"
Breezy Point, MN (Crow Wing county)  6.5"
Ely, MN (St. Louis county)  6.2"
Nashwauk, MN (Itasca county)  6.1"
Embarrass, MN (St. Louis county)  6.0"
Pillager, MN (Cass county)  5.5"
Hoyt Lakes, MN (St. Louis county)  5.0"
17 miles northwest of Saginaw, MN (St. Louis county)  4.0"
4 miles northeast of Nisswa, MN (Crow Wing county)  4.0"
Cotton, MN (St. Louis county)  3.9"

*Record Event*

0.83"…

12/30/10: Thursday's Weather Report

Issued at 7:56 PM CST, Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Weather headlines:

*Blizzard number one ongoing This Evening over Western-Northern Minnesota...
*Blizzard number two ready to hit in pretty much the same areas late Friday Afternoon through Friday Night...

Snowfall reports from Today's storm.  Note:  Snow continues to fall This Evening in Northcentral Minnesota so these totals listed below will continue to rise.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

7 miles south of Bigfork, MN (Itasca county)  7.3"
Walker, MN (Cass county)  6.0"
8 miles southwest of Remer, MN (Cass county)  4.0"
1 mile west of Hill City, MN (Aitkin county)  3.0"
Nashwauk, MN (Itasca county)  2.8"
Littlefork, MN (Koochiching county)  2.0"
15 miles south-southeast of McGregor, MN (Aitkin county)  3.0"
Cotton, MN (St. Louis county)  1.8"
Hibbing, MN (St. Louis county)  1.5"
Alborn, MN (St. Louis county)  1.5"

Duluth, MN (St. Louis county)  0.4" measured at the Nation…

12/30/10: UPDATED STORM INFORMATION

Issued at 5:06 PM CST, Thursday, December 30th, 2010

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

*WINTER STORM WARNING*

Timing:

Until 6 AM CST Friday.

Counties included in the warning:

Koochiching MN...Itasca MN...Cass MN...Crow Wing MN...Northern Aitkin MN...Central and Northern St. Louis MN.

Some cities included in the warning:

International Falls MN...Littlefork MN...Bigfork MN...Togo MN...Grand Rapids MN...Cass Lake MN...Walker MN...Leader MN...Brainerd MN...Hill City MN...Cotton MN...Hibbing MN...Ely MN...and Crane Lake MN.

Discussion:

Strong low pressure was centered in Southwestern Minnesota at 4 PM CST Today, this low will track northeast and will reach Northwest Wisconsin by late Tonight.  Snow, heavy at times will continue through Midnight in Northcentral Minnesota with winds gusting to 20 mph at times.  This will cause visibilities to drop to a quarter mile or less in falling and blowing snow.  Snowfall rates around an inch per hour will occur This E…

12/30/10: THURSDAY MORNING WINTER WEATHER HEADLINE STATEMENT

Issued at 7:34 AM CST, Thursday, December 30th, 2010

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

*WINTER STORM WARNING*

Timing:

Until 6 AM CST Friday.

Counties included in the warning:

Koochiching MN...Itasca MN...Cass MN...Crow Wing MN...Northern Aitkin MN...Central and Northern St. Louis MN.

Some cities included in the warning:

International Falls MN...Littlefork MN...Bigfork MN...Togo MN...Grand Rapids MN...Cass Lake MN...Walker MN...Leader MN...Brainerd MN...Hill City MN...Hibbing MN...Cotton MN...Ely MN...and Crane Lake MN....

Discussion:

Areas of dense fog along with occasional light snow and light freezing rain will be found in Northcentral Minnesota through early This Afternoon before precipitation becomes heavier from mid-Afternoon through Tonight.  Mixed precipitation will turn to snow from northwest to southeast with heavy snowfall rates of 1" an hour developing late This Afternoon and This Evening.  Strong low pressure responsible for this wint…

12/29/10: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:24 PM CST, Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

...MULTIPLE WINTER STORMS TO AFFECT THE NORTHLAND...
...A variety of potentially dangerous weather elements to contend with through early Saturday...

Weather tidbits:

*High temperature of 35 degrees at International Falls, Minnesota on December 28th, 2010 was the first time since November 30th, 2010 with a maximum temperature at or above freezing.

*High temperature of 34 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota on December 29th, 2010 was the first time since November 30th, 2010 with a maximum temperature at or above freezing.

Weather History:

On this date in 1999:  A record high temperature of 46 degrees occurred at Duluth, Minnesota.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Another beautiful winter day with high temperatures ranging from the mid to upper 30s from Downtown Duluth and Superior through Northwest Wisconsin with upper 20s to lower 30s in Northern and Eastern Minnesota.  Some high level clo…

12/29/10: UPDATED WINTER WEATHER HEADLINE INFORMATION

Issued at 4:04 PM CST, Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

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

*WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY*

Timing:

9 PM CST This Evening until Noon CST Thursday.

Counties included in the advisory:

Crow Wing MN...Southern Itasca MN...Aitkin MN...Carlton MN...Southern and Central St. Louis MN...Lake MN...and Cook MN.

Some cities included in the advisory:

Brainerd MN...Grand Rapids MN...Aitkin MN...Hill City MN...McGrath MN...Moose Lake MN...Cloquet MN...Duluth MN...Floodwood MN...Cotton MN...Hibbing MN...Two Harbors MN...Isabella MN...Silver Bay MN...Finland MN...Lutsen MN...Grand Marais MN...Hovland MN...and Grand Portage MN...

Discussion:

Dense fog and periods of freezing drizzle will spread north into the Interstate 35 corridor, the Twin Ports, Brainerd Lakes, and the Arrowhead of Minnesota Tonight and Thursday Morning with a light glaze of ice expected to accumulate on higher elevated surfaces and on untreated roads, especially away from Lake…

12/28/10: WINTER WEATHER HEADLINE INFORMATION

Issued at 10:36 PM CST, Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

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

*WINTER STORM WATCH*

Timing:

Wednesday Night through Thursday Evening.

Counties included in the watch:

Koochiching MN...Northern Itasca MN...and Northern St. Louis MN...

Some cities included in the watch:

International Falls MN...Northome MN...Bigfork MN...Togo MN...and Crane Lake MN...

Discussion:

A mixture of light freezing drizzle and light snow will develop in Northern Minnesota late Wednesday Night.  Precipitation will then pick up in intensity on Thursday and will continue Thursday Evening before ending Overnight Thursday.  At this time it appears that snow will be the main precipitation type, although some sleet or freezing rain is also possible.  Snowfall storm totals of 5-8" are possible in the watch area by late Thursday Night.

Low pressure will move from the Central Plains toward Western Lake Superior from Wednesday Night through late Thursday Night a…

12/28/10: Tuesday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:51 PM CST, Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Minnesota leads the way with number of confirmed tornadoes for 2010!

Per Storm Prediction Center:  145 tornadoes have been confirmed in Minnesota for 2010.  This is more than what occurred in Texas (105) and in Oklahoma (73).  Wisconsin had 68 confirmed tornadoes for 2010.

A total of 758 severe weather events were reported in Minnesota this year while Wisconsin had 539 per Storm Prediction Center.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

High temperatures warmed into the upper 20s and 30s across our area Today thanks to sunshine and a southwesterly breeze of up to 15-20 mph.  Surface map as of 3 PM featured high pressure of 1019-1024 mb stretching from Missouri to the Southeast U.S. while low pressure of 996-1002 mb extended from Southwest Saskatchewan Province to the Pacific Northwest.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

Water vapor satellite imagery and RUC model analysis indicates a W/NW 5…

12/27/10: Monday's Weather Report

Issued at 7:32 PM CST, Monday, December 27th, 2010

...STORM POTENTIAL LATE THIS WEEK...

Weather tidbits:  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

*Through December 26th, 2010 the average monthly temperature at Duluth, Minnesota:  10.5 degrees/4.3 degrees Below Normal.

*Through December 26th, 2010 the average monthly temperature at International Falls, Minnesota:  5.8 degrees/3.6 degrees Below Normal.

Weather History:

On this date in 2003, a record high temperature of 40 degrees occurred at Duluth, Minnesota.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Most areas saw a bit more sun Today compared to previous days with above normal high temperatures for all areas.  Highs Today were in the 20s with southwest winds at 10-20 mph with a few higher gusts.  Surface map as of 6 PM CST featured high pressure of 1028 mb centered in Western Kentucky with low pressure of 998 mb centered in Central Manitoba Province. 

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

A vigorous dist…

12/26/10: Sunday's Weather Report

Issued at 7:49 PM CST, Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Mostly cloudy skies continued for most of our area Today with high temperatures in the teens and 20s which is near to a couple degrees above normal for late December.  Winds Today were nearly calm, or south-southeast under 15 mph.  Surface map as of 7 PM CST featured a 1030 mb high pressure ridge extending from Eastern Minnesota through Missouri, south to Louisiana.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

A deep 500mb trough was in place across the Eastern half of the U.S. with an upper level ridge from the Northern Plains to Central Plains while another upper level trough covered portions of Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.  The big story Today was the Nor'easter which was hammering the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast U.S. Today with heavy snow and blizzard conditions.  A 140+ knot upper level jet over the Western Atlantic was helping to energize this…

12/25/10: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:44 PM CST, Saturday, December 25th, 2010

...Storm threat late next week, December 30th-January 2nd...

...RECORD EVENT...  Source:  NWS Chanhassen, Minnesota.

New December snowfall record at Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.  Snowfall total through December 24th, 2010 has reached 33.4" which makes December 2010 the snowiest on record at Minneapolis.  The previous record occurred in 1969 when 33.2" of snow fell.

Lake effect snow totals from Today, Saturday, December 25th, 2010.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

Saxon, WI (Iron county)  8.0"
2 miles north-northwest of Bayfield, WI (Bayfield county)  1.5"
3 miles south-southwest of Cornucopia, WI (Bayfield county)  1.0"
Montreal, WI (Iron county)  3.0"
Gile, WI (Iron county)  2.5"

Weather history:

On this date in 1999:  A record high temperature of 44 degrees occurred at Duluth, Minnesota.
On this date in 2009:  1.65" of precipitation fell at Duluth, Minnesota with 12.4" of snow.

Forecast …

12/24/10: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 10:48 PM CST, Friday, December 24th, 2010

Tonight through Saturday Night:

The majority of Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin will be mainly dry, but scattered snow flurries cannot be ruled out here and there.  High pressure off to our northwest will result in a northerly flow which will cause occasional lake effect snow showers along the South Shore of Lake Superior, affecting mainly Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron counties, although some of this activity could spread west and affect portions of Douglas county.  Snowfall accumulations through Saturday Night will range from 1 to as much as 3".  Low temperatures Tonight and Saturday Night will be in the single digits below to above zero with a few teens in spots that stay rather cloudy.  High temperatures Tomorrow will be in the teens and 20s.  Northerly winds under 20 mph can be expected through Saturday Night.

Extended Forecast:

A threat for scattered South Shore lake effect snow showers will continue for Sunday and …

12/23/10: Thursday's Weather Report

Issued at 7:40 PM CST, Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Final snowfall report from the winter storm that hit the area on Monday and Tuesday, December 20th-21st, 2010.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

Adolph, MN (St. Louis county)  15.0"
7 miles northwest of Two Harbors, MN (Lake county)  13.3"
3 miles northwest of Cloquet, MN (Carlton county)  12.0"
3 miles west-northwest of Clam Lake, WI (Bayfield county)  11.0"
Finland, MN (Lake county)  11.0"
Silver Bay, MN (Lake county)  10.8"
Park Falls, WI (Price county)  10.0"
Maple, WI (Douglas county)  9.9"
Butternut, WI (Ashland county)  9.6"
Mercer, WI (Iron county)  9.0"
1 mile west of Wentworth, WI (Douglas county)  8.0"
Bruno, MN (Pine county)  6.0"
Cass Lake, MN (Cass county)  5.5"
7 miles northwest of Brainerd, MN (Crow Wing county)  5.2"
Danbury, WI (Burnett county)  4.7"
Northome, MN (Koochiching county)  4.6"
Littlefork, MN (Koochiching county)  3.8"
In…

12/22/10: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 8:03 PM CST, Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

A very snowy winter so far at Duluth, Minnesota.

51.5" of snow has fallen at Duluth, Minnesota through December 21st, 2010 which is 24.8" above normal.  This is the 5th highest total to date and is 193% of the normal value or nearly twice the amount that Duluth would normal have through December 21st.

Here are the top 5 snowiest seasons through December 21st.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

1:  69.7"/1991
2:  69.5"/1983
3:  54.7"/1950
4:  52.3"/1995
5:  51.5"/2010

Two day precipitation/snowfall total at Duluth, Minnesota:

December 20th-21st, 2010:  0.75"/11.8"

Weather History:

On this date in 1989 and 1983 a record low temperature of -22 degrees occurred at Duluth, Minnesota.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies prevailed across our area Today with some scattered flurries at times.  Highs were on the mild s…

12/21/10: Tuesday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:16 PM CST, Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Snowfall report from Monday-Tuesday, December 20th-21st, 2010.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota. 

Note:  Snow continues to fall late This Afternoon, especially near Lake Superior so the totals below may not represent the final amount.

Duluth, MN (St. Louis county)  12.7" measured at Hawk Ridge.
2 miles south-southwest of Duluth, MN (St. Louis county)  11.0" measured in the Lincoln Park neighborhood
Duluth, MN (St. Louis county)  10.9" measured at the National Weather Service

Arnold, MN (St. Louis county)  11.5"
3 miles northwest of Cloquet, MN (Carlton county)  10.5"
7 miles northwest of Two Harbors, MN (Lake county)  9.9"
6 miles east of Solon Springs, WI (Douglas county)  8.2"
Two Harbors, MN (Lake county)  8.0"
Wrenshall, MN (Carlton county)  7.8"
5 miles southeast of Grand Rapids, MN (Itasca county)  7.5"
Park Falls, WI (Price county)  7.5"
4 miles west of Clam Lake, WI (Burnet…