Posts

Showing posts from February, 2011

2/28/11: Monday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:30 PM CST, Monday, February 28th, 2011

Weather Tidbits:

*194 severe weather reports (6 tornadoes) across portions of the Central Plains and Ohio Valley on Sunday, February 27th, 2011.  Source:  SPC

*113 severe weather reports (4 tornadoes) so far Today across portions of the Southeast U.S. and Southern Ohio Valley.  Source:  SPC

*Meteorological winter (December-February) is almost over.  An early look at the numbers for Duluth, Minnesota (Airport location):  39.8" of snow this winter compared to 56.5" last winter.  68 days with at least a trace of snow this winter compared to 50 days last winter.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

High pressure of 1024mb was centered over the Central Plains with low pressure of 1002mb centered in Southwestern Alberta Province late This Afternoon.  Southerly winds along with partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies were found in our area Today with temperatures closer to average as we …

2/26/10: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:09 PM CST, Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Weather Tidbits:
Source:  TWC.  Minnesota Weather Talk Newsletter (Mark Seeley)

*Snow fell in portions of San Francisco, California This Morning for the first time since 1976.

*Miles City, Montana dropped to -31 degrees This Morning.  This was the coldest February temperature reported in 15 years.  Note:  Wind chills were in the 50s below zero This Morning in parts of Montana.

*Record cold Friday Morning, February 25th, 2011:  Seattle, Washington:  21 degrees.  Billings, Montana:  -14 degrees.

*Low temperature of -35 degrees at Cut Bank, Montana on February 25th, 2011 was the coldest on record for so late in the winter.

*The winter storm from last Sunday-Monday, February 20th-21st, 2011 dumped 19.0" of snow in Eden Prairie, and Bloomington, Minnesota with 20.0" reported in Madison, Minnesota.  The only other years in Minnesota's weather history to record a 20" snowfall in February are 1915, 1922, 1936, 1939, 1962, a…

2/25/11: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:17 PM CST, Friday, February 25th, 2011

30 day outlook for March 2011.  Issued by the Climate Prediction Center on Thursday, February 24th, 2010.

For Duluth:

*33% chance for Below Normal Temperatures with Equal chances for Above Normal, Below Normal, or Normal precipitation.

90 day outlook for March thru May 2011.  Issued by the Climate Prediction Center on Thursday, February 24th, 2011.

For Duluth:

*33% chance for Below Normal Temperatures with Equal chances for Above Normal, Below Normal, or Normal precipitation.

Weather Tidbits:

*4th consecutive February with below average snowfall in Duluth, Minnesota.  Snowfall total so far this month:  2.9".  Average for the entire month:  11.4".  Little or no snow is expected for the rest of February which will make this the 4th February in a row with below average snowfall.  Listed below are past February snowfall totals dating back to 2006.  Note:  Our last February with above average snowfall came in 2007.

February 2006:  23.…

2/24/11: Thursday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:06 PM CST, Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Low pressure of 1002mb in Northern Arkansas with high pressure of 1040mb in Eastern Alberta Province late This Afternoon has opened up the flood gates for another round of arctic air as northerly winds setup between the low and high.  Temperatures This Afternoon were only in the single digits below to single digits above zero from Northern Minnesota west to North Dakota while 20s and even some lower 30s continued in Northwest Wisconsin.  Partly to mostly sunny skies were found across our area Today with winds out of the northwest under 20 mph.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

An energetic pattern will persist through early next week and beyond...Water vapor satellite imagery shows one strong system lifting quickly toward the E/NE from the Central Plains while the next one churns slowly south through the Pacific Northwest.  The transition season (w…

2/23/11: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:00 PM CST, Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Local snowfall report for Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

3 miles east of Orr, MN (St. Louis county)  2.6"
7 miles southeast of Grand Rapids, MN (Itasca county)  2.2"
Cotton, MN (St. Louis county)  2.1"
15 miles north of Grand Rapids, MN (Itasca county)  2.0"
Nashwauk, MN (Itasca county)  2.0"
Lutsen, MN (Cook county)  1.2"

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Low pressure of 1011mb was centered in Northern Minnesota as of 4 PM with a cold front attached to this low extending south through Central Minnesota.  Good lift and steep mid level lapse rates led to some bands of moderate to heavy snow Today across Northcentral-Northeast Minnesota with generally 1-2" with isolated 3" accumulations reported north of Highway 2 in Minnesota.  High temperatures Today were in the 20s to lower 30s with south, southeast, or sou…

2/22/11: Tuesday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:00 PM CST, Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

After a snowy start to the 2010-11 winter in the Twin Ports, things have turned around lately.  Represented below are the smonthly snowfall totals and the departure from average.  Note:  These totals are from the Duluth National Weather Service (Over the hill)  Snow totals have been lower closer to Lake Superior, especially during the months of October and November.

October 2010:
7.7"/+6.1"

November 2010:
27.9"/+12.7"

December 2010:
18.1"/+3.2"

January 2011:
18.5"/-1.1"

February 2011 (thru the 22nd)
2.6"/-6.4"

Weather Tidbits:

*11th snowiest winter in the Twin Cities.  74.5" of snow has fallen so far this winter in the Twin Cities.  The record snowiest winter occurred in 1983-84 with 98.6" of snow.  Note:  The average seasonal snowfall is 55.9"

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Some sunshine earlier in the day gave way to pa…

2/21/11: Monday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:05 PM CST, Monday, February 21st, 2011

...Another major winter storm misses Northern Minnesota...

Here are some snowfall reports from Sunday and Monday.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota. 

Note:  The numbers below may not represent the final totals since additional snow has been falling in some locations This Afternoon.

3 miles North of Pine City, MN (Pine county)  12.0"
4 miles North of Grantsburg, WI (Burnett county)  9.5"
Sarona, WI (Washburn county)  7.6"
Webb Lake, WI (Burnett county)  7.5"
8 miles south of Hayward, WI (Sawyer county)  6.8"
4 miles southwest of Bruno, MN (Pine county)  6.1"
Brainerd, MN (Crow Wing county)  4.0"
Pillager, MN (Cass county)  3.5"
7 miles northwest of Two Harbors, MN (Lake county)  3.5"

Duluth, MN (NWS)  1.9" thru 6 AM Today.

Madison, MN:  19.0"
Eden Prarie, MN:  17.0"
3.5 miles southeast of Maplewood, MN:  16.8"
Bloomington, MN:  15.0"
Minneapolis, MN:  13.0"
St. Pete…

2/20/11: Sunday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:51 PM CST, Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Low pressure of 998mb was centered in Southwestern Iowa as of 5 PM with a ridge of arctic high pressure of 1032mb centered to our northwest-north.  The pressure difference between the high to our north and low to our south has resulted in strong east-northeast winds in our area Today, wind speeds of 10-25 mph have been common, but much stronger winds are occurring near Lake Superior with wind gusts anywhere from 35 to 55 mph This Afternoon.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies covered locations from the Iron Range on north while overcast skies were found elsewhere.  Heavy snow associated with the Plains low has remained south of our local area Today due to the dry air feeding south from the arctic high to our north.  Snow has gradually made it's way into Southern parts of our area This Afternoon, generally south of a line from Hinckley to Hayward to P…

2/20/11: UPDATED WINTER WEATHER HEADLINE INFORMATION

Issued at 5:31 PM CST, Sunday, February 20th, 2011

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

*WINTER STORM WARNING*

Winter Storm Warning is now in effect until 12 PM CST Monday for the following counties.  In Minnesota:  Pine.  In Wisconsin:  Burnett...Washburn...Sawyer...and Price.  Some cities included in the warning:  Hinckley MN...Pine City MN...Danbury WI...Grantsburg WI...Minong WI...Spooner WI...Shell Lake WI...Hayward WI...Loretta WI...Park Falls WI...Phillips WI...and Ogema WI.

Impacts:  Snow and gusty northeast winds will continue in the warning area Tonight and Monday Morning, the snow will taper off Monday Afternoon.  The heaviest snowfall is expected to occur in the southern parts of each county.  Total snowfall accumulations will vary between 1-3" to as much as 4-8" with the higher totals found in the southern portions of each county.  The combination of falling and blowing snow will drop visibilities to as low as one quarter mile at…

2/19/11: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:35 PM CST, Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Low temperature report for Saturday, February 19th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

International Falls, MN:  -19 degrees
Cass Lake, MN:  -15 degrees
Littlefork, MN:  -12 degrees
Babbitt, MN:  -13 degrees
Embarrass, MN:  -15 degrees
Kabetogama, MN:  -14 degrees
3 miles east of Orr, MN:  -13 degrees

Weather Headlines:

*MAJOR WINTER STORM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING FOR PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND UPPER MIDWEST

*Blizzard or near blizzard conditions are possible for some areas Sunday and Sunday Night

*Snow totals could exceed 1' for some parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Clouds increased and there's been some light snow and flurries at times in Northern Minnesota with dry conditions elsewhere.  Highs Today were in the teens with milder 20s and even a few 30 degree temperatures This Afternoon from Siren to Hay…

2/19/11: WINTER WEATHER HEADLINE INFORMATION

Issued at 4:14 PM CST, Saturday, February 19th, 2011

*WINTER STORM WARNING*

The National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota has issued a winter storm warning for portions of Eastern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin from 6 AM CST Sunday until 6 AM CST Monday.  Counties included in the warning are:  In Minnesota...Pine.  In Wisconsin:  Burnett...Washburn...Sawyer...and Price.  Some cities included in the warning are:  Hinckley MN...Pine City MN...Danbury WI...Grantsburg WI...Minong WI...Spooner WI...Shell Lake WI...Hayward WI...Loretta WI...Park Falls WI...Phillips WI...and Ogema WI.

Impacts:  Although some light snow or flurries could fall at times Tonight, little or no accumulation is expected.  Snow, heavy at times will develop in the warning area Sunday Morning and will continue through Sunday Night before tapering to light snow during the day Monday.  Total snowfall accumulations of 6-10" are possible by Monday in the warning area.  Northeast winds increasing to 15-25 mph Sun…

2/18/11: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:57 PM CST, Friday, February 18th, 2011

Hurricane and Tropical Force winds over Lake Superior Today.  Source:  NWS Marquette, MI.

Stannard Rock:  81 mph at 9:30 AM CST
Passage Island:  67 mph at 7:00 AM CST
Rock Of Ages:  62 mph at 1:00 AM CST

Strong wind report for Friday, February 18th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

Duluth, MN (Airport)  53 mph
Duluth Sky Harbor Airport:  52 mph
Superior, WI:  46 mph
Eveleth, MN:  47 mph
Ashland, WI:  46 mph
Two Harbors, MN:  45 mph
Brainerd, MN:  45 mph
Grand Rapids, MN:  44 mph
Bigfork, MN:  43 mph
Ely, MN:  43 mph
Grand Marais, MN:  40 mph
International Falls, MN:  37 mph
Hayward, WI:  31 mph

Local storm report.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

3:20 AM CST, 2/18/11:  Esko, MN (Carlton county)  Non-Thunderstorm Wind Damage.  Large pine tree down across Thompson Road.

Power outage in the Duluth Congdon Park Neighborhood...261 Minnesota Power customers were affected by a power outage which was reported at 5:48 AM CST Today.  The cause of t…

2/18/11: WINTER STORM WATCH INFORMATION

Issued at 4:41 PM CST, Friday, February 18th, 2011

*WINTER STORM WATCH*

The National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota has issued a winter storm watch for portions of Eastcentral Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.  This watch is valid from late Saturday Night through Sunday Evening.  The following counties are included in this watch:  In Minnesota...Southern Cass...Crow Wing...Aitkin...and Pine.  In Wisconsin:  Burnett...Washburn...Sawyer...and Price.  Some cities included in the watch are:  Pine River MN...Brainerd MN...Aitkin MN...McGrath MN...Pine City MN...Hinckely MN...Danbury WI...Grantsburg WI...Minong WI...Spooner WI...Hayward WI...Park Falls WI...and Ogema WI.

Impacts:  Snow will develop in the watch area Saturday Night and will continue through Sunday Night.  The greatest snowfall rates are expected Sunday and Sunday Evening.  Total snowfall accumulations around 6" are possible by Sunday Night.  Visibility will drop as low as one quarter mile at times due to falling an…

2/17/11: Thursday's Weather Report

Issued at 2:49 PM CST, Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Additional information from Wednesday's record warm day in the Northland.  Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

*February 16th, 2011 marked just the 31st time in 3,857 February days of weather records or just under 1% of February days with a high temperature of at least 50 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota.

*The period from February 13th-16th, 2011 is now the warmest on record at Duluth, Minnesota.  The average temperature during that period was 35.0 degrees which broke the previous record of 32.8 degrees set in 1983.

*High temperature at Hibbing, Minnesota was 60 degrees on February 16th, 2011.  This breaks the previous record for the date of 48 degrees set in 1981.  The 60 degree high temperature on the 16th also makes it the warmest February day ever recorded since weather records began (1963)  The previous warmest temperature ever recorded during the month of February at Hibbing was 57 degrees which occurred on the 24th back in 1976.

High temp…

2/16/11: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:45 PM CST, Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

...INCREDIBLE WARMTH ACROSS THE REGION TODAY...

*Record Event*

Record high temperature set at Duluth, Minnesota.  The high temperature Today was 52 degrees which broke the previous record of 48 degrees set in 1981.  The 52 degree high for Today was 27 degrees above the normal high temperature of 25 degrees.

Record high temperature tied at International Falls, Minnesota.  The high temperature Today was 48 degrees which tied the record for the date which was last set in 1981.

Weather Tidbits:

*Today marks the 4th day in a row with a maximum temperature of at least 32 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota.

*First 50 degree high temperature of 2011 occurred Today at Duluth, Minnesota.  Last time the mercury hit 50 degrees was November 11th, 2010 (51 degrees)

*All time snowiest winter season at the following locations:  Source:  Wunder Blog/WeatherUnderground

Youngstown, Ohio:  92.4"/previous record was 85.3" in 1950-1951
Glasgow, Montana…

2/15/11: Tuesday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:24 PM CST, Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

A warm and breezy day with high temperatures ranging from the mid 30s in the Arrowhead to the upper 30s and lower 40s elsewhere.  Winds were out of the south or southwest at 10-20 mph with some higher gusts.  Partly to mostly sunny skies were found throughout our area.  Surface map as of 3 PM featured low pressure of 996mb along the Eastern Saskatchewan/Western Manitoba Province line with a trough attached to that low extending south through the Eastern Dakotas/Western Minnesota.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

500mb flow has finally transitioned from what seem to be a never ending northwest flow...The upper level winds were blowing from the west Today per RUC model analysis with a fairly healthy, but moisture starved disturbance pushing east across the Upper Great Lakes and adjacent areas of Ontario Province per water vapor satellite imagery.  St…