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3/31/11: Thursday's Weather Report

This is my 1000th weather blog, so I wanted to thank everyone who takes time out to read it.  Thank you very much!!!

Issued at 5:02 PM CDT, Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Weather Tidbits:

*Today marks the 3rd day in a row with a high temperature of at least 40 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota.  Gotta go back to February 15th-17th, 2011 for the last such occurrence of three consecutive days with a maximum temperature of at least 40 degrees.

*March 2011 had 18 days with a high temperature of at least 32 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota with 7 days with a high temperature of at least 40 degrees.

*For the 1st time in 9 years and only the 17th time in 137 years of weather records, February produced a maximum temperature warmer than March in the same calendar year at Duluth, Minnesota.  Warmest high temperature in February was 52 degrees on the 16th.  Warmest high temperature in March was 46 degrees on the 17th.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

COLD AND WET APRIL AHEAD?  Here's the updated outlook for…

3/30/11: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 8:05 PM CDT, Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Weather Tidbit:

*Trace of snow currently on the ground at Duluth, Minnesota.  Today, the 30th of March 2011 marks the first time since November 13th, 2010 with a snow depth of a trace or less.

Weather History:

One year ago Today the high temperature was 63 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Another very nice early spring day across the area with plenty of sunshine and just a few passing mid and high level clouds.  Highs Today were generally in the 40s, except for some 30s closer to Lake Superior.  Winds were light and variable under 12 mph.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

Blocking pattern as of late is starting to break down as a very potent 150+ knot upper level jet blasts southeast out of Western Canada through the Northern-Central Rockies/Western High Plains per RUC model analysis.  This is helping to erode the persistent H5 trough which had been over …

3/29/11: Tuesday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:01 PM CDT, Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

A ridge of high pressure averaging 1028mb covered the Upper Midwest which resulted in another day of sunny skies, light winds, and near average temperatures for the final days of March.  Highs Today were in the middle 30s to middle 40s.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

500mb trough covered Central-Eastern Canada and the Northeast U.S. with a weak westerly upper level flow in place across the Upper Midwest.  An active jet stream with a couple low pressure systems continue to push into the Pacific Northwest and Rockies, through the Southcentral U.S.

Tonight through Wednesday Night:

High pressure will remain in control of our weather during this period with clear to partly cloudy skies.  Lows Tonight and Wednesday Night will be in the teens and 20s with some single digits possible Tonight in the typical cold spots.  Highs Tomorrow will be in the 30s and 4…

3/28/11: Monday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:29 PM CDT, Monday, March 28th, 2011

Weather Tidbits:

*Sunday's (March 27th) low temperature of 1 above zero at Duluth, Minnesota was the coldest minimum temperature since March 2nd when the mercury dropped to -11 degrees.

*2011 is off to a dry start at Duluth, Minnesota.  March will likely go down as the 3rd consecutive month of 2011 with below average precipitation and snowfall.

*Since January 1st, 2.24" of precipitation has fallen at Duluth, Minnesota which is 1.16" below average.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Sunny skies with near normal temperatures were found in our area Today with highs in the 30s along with light winds under 12 mph.  Surface map as of 4 PM featured a ridge of high pressure averaging 1026-1030mb from Central Canada through the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes with a 1008mb area of low pressure centered in Southwest South Dakota.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

An active jet stream ca…

3/26/11: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:35 PM CDT, Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Per NWS Duluth, MN:

*FLOOD ADVISORY* remains in effect for the Mississippi River at Fort Riply, Minnesota in Crow Wing county.  The latest stage at 3 PM CDT Today was 9.0 feet.  Flood stage is 10 feet.  The Mississippi River is forecasted to drop below 9 feet on Monday and continue receding through Thursday.

Weather History:

On this date in 2007:  A record high temperature of 72 degrees occurred at Duluth, Minnesota.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

A day similar to Friday with below normal temperatures, lots of sunshine for inland areas while scattered lake clouds, snow showers/flurries persisted at times near Lake Superior.  The snow showers reduced visibility for very brief periods of time, but accumulations have been extremely light or non-existent.  Highs Today were in the middle 20s to lower 30s with temps in the Arrowhead right around 20 degrees.  Winds Today were out of the nor…

3/25/11: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:08 PM CDT, Friday, March 25th, 2011

Per NWS Duluth, MN:

*FLOOD ADVISORY* has been issued for Crow Wing county in Eastcentral Minnesota.  At 2 PM CDT Today the stage on the Mississippi River at Fort Ripley was 9.0 feet.  Flood stage is 10 feet.  The Mississippi River is expected to remain below flood stage through next Wednesday, March 30th, but high flows will be possible through that time.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

High pressure averaging 1032mb was centered in Northern Ontario Province This Afternoon with plenty of dry air and sunny skies in place in our area.  Temperatures were running 10 to around 20 degrees below average Today with highs in the 20s and lower 30s.  Winds were out of the east under 15 mph.  There has been some lake effect clouds, flurries and snow showers near Lake Superior Today, brief visibility reduction has occurred, but there hasn't been much in the way of accumulation.

Today's Upper…

3/24/11: Thursday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:32 PM CDT, Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Weather Tidbits.  Source:  NWS and NOHRSC

*30% of the U.S. is currently covered by snow which is up from just 14% one year ago Today.

*17.8" snowfall total from March 22nd-23rd, 2011 at Green Bay, Wisconsin makes it the highest snowstorm total in over 120 years of weather records.  This also marks the 3rd time this winter season with a 10.0" or greater snowfall total for Green Bay, WI.  Note:  No other winter has ever produced three 10+" snowfalls before this one.

*March 2010 produced 11 days with a high temperature of at least 50 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota.  March 2011 looks to have zero days.

Seasonal snowfall totals for select Minnesota cities.  First number is the snowfall total thru the 23rd of March.  Second number is the departure from average.  Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

International Falls:
78.2"/+19.7"

Twin Cities:
84.7"/+34.3"

St. Cloud:
63.9"/+21.0"

Duluth (NWS total)
82.6"/+9.3&q…

3/23/11: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:17 PM CDT, Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

March 22nd-23rd, 2011 Winter Storm Recap:

An area of low pressure moved from Nebraska through Iowa to Eastern Illinois from Tuesday into Wednesday.  This storm system brought a significant amount of snow and sleet to parts of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest during the past two days.  Severe weather also occurred with this storm across parts of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin on Tuesday with a total of 87 severe weather reports and 16 tornadoes...15 in Iowa and 1 in Nebraska on Tuesday.  The heavy snow had a difficult time getting north of the Highway 2 corridor due to a massive area of high pressure which was centered in Northern Ontario/Hudson Bay Canada.  A tremendous amount of dry air was pushing south off that area of high pressure and this resulted in little if any snow making it north of Highway 2. 

Note:  The computer models did an awful job with this storm for Northern Minnesota.  Every storm since Decembe…

3/22/11: (LATE AFTERNOON UPDATE)***UPDATED WINTER STORM/BLIZZARD INFORMATION***

Issued at 4:59 PM CDT, Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Per NWS Duluth, Minnesota:

*BLIZZARD WARNING*

Blizzard warning remains in effect until 7 PM CDT Wednesday for the following counties:  Southern Lake MN...Southern St. Louis MN...Carlton MN...and Douglas WI.  Some cities included in the warning are:  Silver Bay MN...Two Harbors MN...Duluth MN...Cloquet MN...Cromwell MN...Moose Lake MN...Superior WI...South Range WI...Poplar WI...and Solon Springs WI.

Impacts:  Snow, heavy at times Tonight and Wednesday Morning.  Lingering light snow Wednesday Afternoon.  East to northeast winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph Tonight through mid-Afternoon Wednesday.  The strongest winds will be found close to Lake Superior.

*Falling and blowing snow will cause white out and blizzard conditions at times.

*Travel will become extremely difficult or impossible in some areas.

*Snowfall rates could reach 1" or more an hour Tonight.

*Total snowfall accumulations of 5-10" are expected by Wednesday After…

3/22/11: MORNING UPDATE

Issued at 10:22 AM CDT, Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Per NWS Duluth, Minnesota:

*BLIZZARD WARNING*

Blizzard warning remains in effect from 1 PM CDT Today until 7 PM CDT Wednesday for the following counties:  Southern Lake MN...Southern St. Louis MN...Carlton MN...and Douglas WI.  Some cities included in the warning are:  Silver Bay MN...Two Harbors MN...Duluth MN...Cloquet MN...Cromwell MN...Moose Lake MN...Superior WI...South Range WI...Poplar WI...and Solon Springs WI.

Impacts:  Light snow, possibly mixed with some sleet will occur at times Today.  Snow, heavy at times will develop This Evening and will continue into Wednesday.  East to northeast winds at 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph will occur with the strongest winds closer to Lake Superior.  Snowfall rates could reach 1" an hour by Tonight.  White out and blizzard conditions are expected to develop by This Evening with travel becoming extremely difficult or impossible in some areas.

*Total snowfall accumulations of 10-…

3/21/11: Monday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:03 PM CDT, Monday, March 21st, 2011

Snowfall report for Sunday, March 20th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

4 miles south of Sawyer, MN (Carlton county)  1.5"
Montreal, WI (Iron county)  2.5"
8 miles northeast of Cook, MN (St. Louis county)  1.0"
2 miles southeast of Finland, MN (Lake county)  1.6"
Two Harbors, MN (Lake county)  2.2"
Gile, WI (Iron county)  2.1"
Silver Bay, MN (Lake county)  3.0"

5 miles northwest of Duluth, MN (St. Louis county)  2.8" measured at the National Weather Service.

Note:  A few thunderstorms developed from the Brainerd Lakes, east to Moose Lake, north toward the Twin Ports between 4-6 AM Sunday.

Weather Headlines:

*Calm before the storm Tonight
*Storm overspreads the area from south to north on Tuesday
*Peak intensity of the storm is expected to be from late Tuesday Afternoon through Wednesday Morning
*High wind threat with possible power outages especially near Lake Superior

Forecast Discussion for Northeast…

3/21/11: NEW***BLIZZARD WARNING/WINTER STORM WARNING INFO.

Issued at 4:03 PM CDT, Monday, March 21st, 2011

Per NWS Duluth, Minnesota:

*BLIZZARD WARNING*

Blizzard warning is in effect from 1 PM CDT Tuesday until 7 PM CDT Wednesday for the following counties:  Southern Lake MN...Southern St. Louis MN...Carlton MN...and Douglas WI.  Some cities included in the warning are:  Silver Bay MN...Two Harbors MN...Duluth MN...Cloquet MN...Cromwell MN...Moose Lake MN...Superior WI...South Range WI...Poplar WI...and Solon Springs WI.

Impacts:  Light snow possibly mixed with sleet develops Tuesday Morning.  Heavier snow arrives from south to north between 2-4 PM Tuesday.  Snow, heavy at times Tuesday Night through Wednesday Afternoon.  East to northeast winds will increase to 25 to 35 mph on Tuesday with gusts as high as 50 mph in the Twin Ports, these conditions will continue through Wednesday.  Snowfall rates of 1" an hour will likely develop late Tuesday Afternoon or Tuesday Evening and continue through the Overnight hours.  The combination of fallin…

3/21/11: UPDATE

Issued at 1:45 PM CDT, Monday, March 21st, 2011

*BLIZZARD WATCH* FOR DULUTH/SUPERIOR FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.

Blizzard watch includes Southern Lake, Southern St. Louis, and Carlton counties in Minnesota and Douglas county Wisconsin.  Some other cities in the watch are:  Two Harbors MN...Cloquet MN...Moose Lake MN...South Range WI...Poplar WI...and Solon Springs WI...

Some snow, sleet, or freezing rain could occur at times on Tuesday with the heaviest snow expected to fall from late Tuesday Afternoon through Wednesday Morning.  Total snowfall accumulations of 6-12" with locally higher amounts are possible in the watch area by late Wednesday Afternoon.  East to northeast winds will increase to 25 mph Tonight, and to 25-35 mph with gusts over 40 mph Tuesday into Wednesday.  Winds could gust as high as 50 mph in the Duluth Waterfront Tuesday Afternoon into Wednesday Morning.

The combination of falling and blowing snow will produce near zero mile visibility at ti…

3/20/11: WINTER WEATHER HEADLINE INFORMATION

Issued at 4:09 PM CDT, Sunday, March 20th, 2011

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

*BLIZZARD WATCH*

A blizzard watch has been issued for Tuesday Morning through Wednesday Evening for the following counties:  Southern Lake MN...Southern St. Louis MN...Carlton MN...and Douglas WI.  Some cities included in the watch are:  Two Harbors MN...Duluth MN...Cloquet MN...Moose Lake MN...Superior WI...and Solon Springs WI.

Impacts:  Snow will move into the watch area Tuesday Morning and will continue through Wednesday.  The heaviest snowfall is expected to occur Tuesday Evening through Wednesday Morning.  Some freezing rain or sleet could mix in with the snow on Tuesday, but ice accumulations are not expected to be significant at this time.

East to northeast winds will increase to 25 to 35 mph Tuesday Morning with gusts over 40 mph Tuesday Afternoon through midday Wednesday.  The combination of strong winds and falling snow will cause blizzard conditions around …

3/19/11: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:15 PM CDT, Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Weather Headlines:

-Tonight's Full Moon (The Super Moon) is the biggest in 18 years.
-Rain or mixed precipitation develops Tonight.
-Sunday/Sunday Night will be wet at times.
-Strong winds expected in the Twin Ports Tuesday-Wednesday.
-Winter storm potential Tuesday-Wednesday?
-Official start to Spring will occur at 6:21 PM CDT Sunday.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

High pressure of 1034mb was centered over the Eastern Great Lakes late Today with low pressure of 1002mb covering the Northern Rockies.  Partly-mostly cloudy skies were found in our area Today with a few light rain showers or sprinkles affecting areas W-NW of a line from Crane Lake to Brainerd, but with dry air in place (dewpoints in the 20s) much of this precipitation which has been detected on radar was not reaching the ground.  Highs Today were in the 40s, but 30s were common along the North Shore of Lake Superio…

3/18/11: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 8:00 PM CDT, Friday, March 18th, 2011

High temperature report for Thursday, March 17th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

International Falls, MN:  50 degrees
Brainerd, MN:  51 degrees
Ashland, WI:  55 degrees
Hayward, WI:  55 degrees
Silver Bay, MN:  50 degrees
Orr, MN:  52 degrees
Bigfork, MN:  52 degrees
Grand Rapids, MN:  52 degrees
Aitkin, MN:  52 degrees
Hinckley, MN:  52 degrees
Phillips, WI:  57 degrees
Cass Lake, MN:  50 degrees
Kabetogama, MN:  51 degrees
Butternut, WI:  53 degrees
Gurney, WI:  54 degrees
Upson, WI:  54 degrees
Danbury, WI:  53 degrees
Solon Springs, WI:  52 degrees
Winter, WI:  54 degrees

Duluth, MN:  46 degrees
Sky Harbor, MN:  50 degrees
Superior, WI:  52 degrees

Weather Headlines:

-Three storms to keep an eye on thru next weekend.
-First system to arrive Saturday Night and will linger through early Monday.
-Strong E/NE winds becoming more likely for the Twin Ports around the middle of next week.
-Winter storm potential next Tuesday/Wednesday…

3/17/11: Thursday's Weather Report

Issued at 8:04 PM CDT, Thursday, March 17th, 2011

*30 day outlook for April 2011 issued by the Climate Prediction Center:

For Duluth, Minnesota:

33% chance for Below Normal Temperatures
40% chance for Above Normal Precipitation

*90 day outlook for April-June, 2011 issued by the Climate Prediction Center:

For Duluth, Minnesota:

40% chance for Below Normal Temperatures
Equal chances for Above Normal, Below Normal, or Normal Precipitation

High temperature report for Wednesday, March 16th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

Brainerd, MN:  50 degrees
Hibbing, MN:  46 degrees
Ashland, WI:  53 degrees
Hayward, WI:  50 degrees
Longville, MN:  50 degrees
Hinckley, MN:  50 degrees
Superior, WI:  48 degrees
Phillips, WI:  52 degrees
Cook, MN:  46 degrees
2 miles south of Tower, MN:  47 degrees
Butternut, WI:  50 degrees
Upson, WI:  52 degrees
Danbury, WI:  51 degrees

Weather Tidbits:

*Record warmth Today at St. Louis, Missouri:  83 degrees.  And at Lubbock, Texas:  90 degrees.
*70+ degree temperat…

3/16/11: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 8:24 PM CDT, Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

March 1st-15th, 2011 climate summary for Duluth, Minnesota (Airport location)

Average monthly temperature:  20.8 degrees
Departure from average:  -1.3 degrees

Precipitation total:  0.33"
Departure from average:  -0.40"

Snowfall total:  4.0"
Departure from average:  -2.9"

9 days with at least a trace of precipitation
8 days with at least a trace of snow

6 days with a high temperature of at least 32 degrees
1 day with a high temperature of at least 40 degrees

March 1st-15th, 2011 climate summary for International Falls, Minnesota.

Average monthly temperature:  18.3 degrees
Departure from average:  -1.6 degrees

Precipitation total:  0.12"
Departure from average:  -0.31"

Snowfall total:  2.5"
Departure from average:  -2.0"

High temperature report for Tuesday, March 15th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

International Falls, MN:  51 degrees
Hibbing, MN:  46 degrees
Ashland, WI:  49 degrees
Orr, MN…