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Welcome back snow :)

Issued at 5:01 PM CST, Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Minor snow event TonightSunshine returns Thursday and FridayMultiple shots of arctic air possible next week
Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

A cold front sagged south/east through Northern Minnesota Today.  As of late This Afternoon the cold front has moved into Northwestern Wisconsin.  Light snow did develop during the Afternoon hours across portions of Northern-Eastern Minnesota with accumulations generally of a half inch or less.  High temperatures Today were in the lower to middle 30s which is slightly above average as we close out the month of November.  Winds Today were out of the southwest or north under 15 mph.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

Westerly flow aloft was in place over the Upper Midwest per RUC model analysis.  500mb trough was digging S/SE through the Rockies with an area of 120-180 meter 12 hour 500mb height falls extending from Eastern California to Southern Wyoming pe…

Peaceful night in the Northland

Issued at 4:59 PM CST, Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Chilly/quiet TonightMinor snow event still expected late Wednesday-ThursdayBrief arctic air intrusion possible early next week
Low temperature report for Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota

International Falls, MN:  0 degrees
Crane Lake, MN:  1 degree
Bigfork, MN:  7 degrees
Ely, MN:  7 degrees
Orr, MN:  7 degrees
Embarrass, MN:  4 degrees
Kabetogama, MN:  4 degrees
3 miles east of Orr, MN:  4 degrees

Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

High pressure ridge of 1026mb stretched from the Western High Plains to the Upper Midwest.  Sunshine was in abundance across our area Today with high temperatures mainly in the lower to middle 30s.  Winds were out of the southwest or north-northwest under 15 mph.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

Potent storm system was moving north into the Ohio Valley per water vapor satellite imagery.  Widespread very strong 12 hour 500mb height falls of 1…

Temperatures will be 5-10 degrees colder on Tuesday compared to Monday

Issued at 4:20 PM CST, Monday, November 28th, 2011

Wind shift with slightly cooler temperatures for Tonight and TuesdayMinor snow system still possible for mid-weekNo arctic airmasses in sight
Snow depth as of 6 AM CST, November 28th, 2011
Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

International Falls, MN:  4.0"
Kabetogama, MN:  4.0"
Northome, MN:  1.0"
Embarrass, MN:  1.0"
Upson, WI:  1.0"
Duluth, MN (NWS)  Trace

Weather Tidbits:

*9.4% of the U.S. is currently covered by snow which is down from 33.6% this time last year (NOHRSC)

Snow drought for Duluth, Minnesota while International Falls has had near average snow totals so far this month.

Duluth, Minnesota:

Month to date snowfall total:  2.4"
Departure from average:  -9.6"

Seasonal snowfall total:  2.4"
Departure from average:  -12.0"

International Falls, Minnesota:

Month to date snowfall total:  12.3"
Departure from average:  +0.4"

Seasonal snowfall total:  12.3"
Departure from average:  -…

Mild temperatures return on Monday!

Issued at 7:11 PM CST, Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Dry weather thru TuesdayPossible mid-week minor snow eventNo arctic air this week
Weather Tidbits:

*November 2011 will likely go down as the 5th consecutive month with an above average monthly temperature at Duluth, Minnesota.

*November 2011 will likely go down as the 3rd consecutive month with below average precipitation at Duluth, Minnesota.

Weather History:

On this date in 1998:  A record high temperature of 60 degrees occurred at Duluth, Minnesota.
On this date in 1994:  12.4" of snow fell at Duluth, Minnesota.

Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Ridge of high pressure averaging 1024mb stretched from the Central Plains to Northern Minnesota early This Evening.  Skies remained overcast Today with little if any sunshine anywhere in our area.  Some flurries also occurred mainly This Morning.  High temperatures were in the upper 20s to middle 30s which is right around average for late November.…

Brisk wind and cooler temps Tonight and Sunday

Issued at 5:04 PM CST, Saturday, November 26th, 2011

An area of low pressure passed south/east of the Northland Today.  This system brought some rain and snow to our area.

Snowfall report for Saturday, November 26th, 2011
Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota

Kabetogama, MN (St. Louis County)  4.2"
International Falls, MN (Koochiching County)  3.4"
Ely, MN (St. Louis County)  2.8"
3 miles north of Orr, MN (St. Louis County)  2.2"
Grand Marais, MN (Cook County)  2.0"
Finland, MN (Lake County)  1.3"
Virginia, MN (St. Louis County)  1.0"

Rainfall report for Saturday, November 26th, 2011
Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota

Ashland, WI:  0.26"
Hayward, WI:  0.27"
Butternut, WI:  0.55"
Gile, WI:  0.60"
Madeline Island, WI:  0.44"
9 miles north of Bayfield, WI:  0.46"
4 miles west of Clam Lake, WI:  0.54"

Weather Tidbits:

*Today marks the 5th day in a row with a maximum temperature of at least 32 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota (November 22n…

Breezy and chiller weekend with some rain/snow!

Issued at 4:35 PM CST, Friday, November 25th, 2011

Rain and snow develops TonightA change over from rain to snow will spread southeast on SaturdayCouple inches of snow likely, mainly north of the Twin Ports on SaturdayDry weather returns for Sunday
*WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY*
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from Midnight CST Tonight until 6 PM CST Saturday for the following Counties in Minnesota:  Koochiching...Northern Itasca...Central and Northern St. Louis...Northern Lake and Cook.  Some cities included in the advisory are:  International Falls...Bigfork...Crane Lake...Ely...Hibbing...and Grand Marais.

Discussion:  A mixture of rain, and snow and possibly some freezing rain will develop late Tonight and Saturday Morning.  The mixture of precipitation will turn to snow by Saturday Afternoon.

Total snowfall and ice accumulations:  1-4" of snow with ice accumulations under one tenth of an inch are expected by Saturday Evening.

Imp…

A mild Thanksgiving this year

Issued at 4:43 PM CST, Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Patchy low clouds/fog could return Tonight-early ThursdayAbove average temperatures thru FridayLight rain/snow Friday Night-Saturday NightMinor snow accumulations are possible for some parts of our area on Saturday
Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

High pressure of 1026mb was located near St. Louis, Missouri early This Evening with a few areas of low pressure averaging 989-994mb covering Southwestern Canada while a cold front stretched west to east across Western and Central Canada.  The low clouds and fog which has been widespread across our area the past few days finally burned off Today giving way to partly cloudy to sunny skies for most areas and unseasonably warm temperatures for Thanksgiving Eve 2011.  Highs Today were generally in the 40s with a few locales even getting close to 50 degrees! These temperatures at 10 to around 20 degrees above average for late November.  Winds Today were…

Hoping for some sunshine Wednesday and Thursday!

Issued at 4:03 PM CST, Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Milder than average temperatures thru FridayLow clouds, some fog and drizzle TonightSome sun could return for Wednesday-ThursdaySystem arrives with some light precipitation Friday Night-SaturdayWeather Tidbits:

*High temperature got above freezing at Duluth, Minnesota Today.  This ends our days with a maximum temperature at or colder than 32 degrees at 6 straight days (November 16th-21st)

30 day outlook for December 2011
Source:  Climate Prediction Center

Equal chances for Below, Above or Average precipitation and temperatures for Duluth, Minnesota.

90 day outlook for December 2011-February 2012
Source:  Climate Prediction Center

40% chance for Below average temperatures with a 33% chance for Above normal precipitation for Duluth, Minnesota.

Weather History:

On this date in 2006:  A record high temperature of 52 degrees occurred at Duluth, Minnesota.

Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

A pocket of s…

Weather Report for Monday November 21st, 2011: Some locales in the Northland were below zero early This Morning!

Issued at 4:37 PM CST, Monday, November 21st, 2011

Pesky low clouds/patchy fog/freezing mist/flurries Tonight-TuesdayStill looks mild for mid/late weekTrouble could be brewing this weekend into the middle of next week
Single digits and some subzero temperatures were widespread across the Northland This Morning.

Low temperature report for Monday, November 21st, 2011
Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota

International Falls, MN:  -3 degrees
Hibbing, MN:  -5 degrees
Ely, MN:  -2 degrees
Crane Lake, MN:  0 degrees
Bigfork, MN:  0 degrees
Moose Lake, MN:  1 degree
Hinckley, MN:  0 degrees
Siren, WI:  9 degrees
Embarrass, MN:  -5 degrees
Kabetogama, MN:  -1 degrees
3 miles east of Orr, MN:  -4 degrees
Gurney, WI:  2 degrees
Upson, WI:  2 degrees

Duluth, MN:  10 degrees
Sky Harbor, MN:  14 degrees
Superior, WI:  7 degrees

*Update on the extreme cold gripping Alaska*
Source:  National Weather Service

-Low temperature Monday Morning was -38 degrees at Fairbanks, Alaska which is a record low for the day. …

Weather Report for Sunday, November 20th, 2011. Some spots in the Northland fell below zero This Morning!

Issued at 6:18 PM CST, Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Quiet weather for the next several daysModerating temps thru the weekPossible trouble lurking for late in the week/weekend?
A significant amount of snow fell in portions of Eastcentral Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin on Saturday.

Snowfall totals from Saturday, November 19th, 2011
Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

Saxon, WI (Iron County)  12.0"
High Bridge, WI (Ashland County)  12.0"
4 miles west of Hinckley, MN (Pine County)  12.0"
Mellen, WI (Ashland County)  11.0"
18 miles east of Hinckley, MN (Pine County)  11.0"
Gile, WI (Iron County)  10.5"
Benoit, WI (Bayfield County)  10.0"
Mason, WI (Bayfield County)  10.0"
2 miles west of Bennett, WI (Douglas County)  8.0"
Montreal, WI (Iron County)  7.0"
Gordon, WI (Douglas County)  7.0"
Askov, MN (Pine County)  7.0"
Solon Springs, WI (Douglas County)  6.6"
Hayward, WI (Sawyer County)  6.0"
Ashland, WI (Ashland County)  6.0&q…

Weather Report for Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Issued at 4:27 PM CST, Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Snowfall report for Friday, November 18th, 2011
Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota

Alborn, MN (St. Louis County)  1.0"
Cotton, MN (St. Louis County)  2.0"
Bigfork, MN (Itasca County)  1.0"
Little Marais, MN (Lake County)  1.2"
Silver Bay, MN (Lake County)  2.5"
Saginaw, MN (St. Louis County)  2.5"
Lutsen, MN (Cook County)  1.8"
International Falls, MN (Koochiching County)  1.2"
3 miles east of Floodwood, MN (St. Louis County)  1.0"

5 miles northwest of Duluth, MN (St. Louis County)  1.0" measured at the National Weather Service.

Preliminary snowfall report for Saturday, November 19th, 2011
Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota

3 miles southwest of Hinckley, MN (Pine County)  11.5"  Note:  2.0" in less than 1 hour
1 mile southwest of Hinckley, MN (Pine County)  8.5"
6 miles southeast of Sandstone, MN (Pine County)  6.0"
Askov, MN (Pine County)  4.5"
Sandstone, MN (Pine Cou…

WINTER WEATHER HEADLINES: Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Issued at 4:01 PM CST, Saturday, November 19th, 2011

*WINTER STORM WARNING*
Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota

Winter Storm Warning now in effect until 10 PM CST Tonight for Pine County Minnesota and for Douglas and Bayfield Counties Wisconsin.  Winter Weather Advisory is cancelled.

Some cities included in the warning:

Hinckley MN...Pine City MN...Cloverton MN...Dairyland WI...Chaffey WI...Solon Springs WI...Gordon WI...Lake Nebagamon WI...Superior WI...Port Wing WI...Bayfield WI...Iron River WI...and Cable WI.

Discussion:

Snow, heavy at times will continue This Evening before ending late Tonight.  Snowfall rates of 1-2" an hour will be possible, especially in Southern portions of Douglas and Bayfield Counties.

Total snowfall accumulations:

6-12"

Impacts:

North winds gusting to 20 mph will cause visibilities to drop to a half to quarter mile at times in falling and blowing snow.  Roads will be snow covered and slippery.  Avoid travel if possible.

A winter storm warning for snow and b…

Weather Report for Friday, November 18th, 2011: Hey look it snowed Today!

Issued at 4:19 PM CST, Friday, November 18th, 2011

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

*WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY*

Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 12 PM CST Saturday until 12 AM CST Saturday Night for parts of Northcentral and Eastcentral Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.

Counties included in the advisory are:  In Minnesota:  Southern Cass...Crow Wing...Aitkin...Pine...Carlton...and Southern St. Louis.  In Wisconsin:  Douglas...Bayfield...Burnett...Washburn...Sawyer...and Price. 

Some cities included in the advisory are:  Pine River MN...Leader MN...Brainerd MN...Hill City MN...Aitkin MN...Pine City MN...Hinckley MN...Moose Lake MN...Cloquet MN...Duluth MN...Superior WI...Solon Springs WI...Port Wing WI...Bayfield WI...Cable WI...Danbury WI...Siren WI...Minong WI...Spooner WI...Hayward WI...Winter WI...Park Falls WI...and Ogema WI.

Discussion:  Snow will develop during the mid-Morning to early Afternoon hours on Saturday.  Snow will continue…

Weather Report for Thursday, November 17th, 2011. Minnesota drought update.

Issued at 4:44 PM CST, Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Flurries possible late Tonight/Friday AMMilder temperatures arrive on FridayUpdate on the snow potential for SaturdayNext week looks mainly dry with warming temperatures
*Minnesota drought update as of November 15th, 2011*
Source:  Climate Prediction Center

*All of Minnesota continues to be abnormally dry.
*40% of Minnesota is under a moderate drought.
*20% of Minnesota us under a severe drought.

Locally:  Severe drought conditions continue to impact Northeast St. Louis including the city of Ely, the North half of Lake and Western Cook Counties in Northeast Minnesota.

Weather Tidbits:

*35 below zero Tuesday Morning, November 15th at Fairbanks, Alaska.  New record low for the day.  Previous record was 33 below set in 1969.  (Paul Douglas.  St. Cloud Times)

*120 severe weather reports over the Southeast U.S. on November 16th with 20 preliminary tornado reports.  3 deaths were reported in South Carolina.  (SPC)

Today's Weather Summary fo…

Weather Report for Wednesday, November 16th, 2011: Warm and dry 1st half of November across the Northland.

Issued at 4:02 PM CST, Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
Cold temperatures last another 24 hoursThursday will likely be the 2nd day in a row with max temps <32 degreesScattered snow showers/flurries continue TonightUpdate on the potential snow system for Saturday
Climate Data for the first half of November (1st-15th) for select cities in Minnesota.
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, MN.

Duluth:

Average temperature:  38.0 degrees
Departure from average:  +5.1 degrees

Precipitation total:  0.15"
Departure from average:  -0.97"

Snowfall total:  0.8"
Departure from average:  -4.5"

International Falls:

Average temperature:  34.3 degrees
Departure from average:  +4.2 degrees

Precipitation total:  0.31"
Departure from average:  -0.47"

Snowfall total:  3.8"
Departure from average:  -1.8"

Twin Cities:

Average temperature:  43.4 degrees
Departure from average:  +5.4 degrees

Precipitation total:  Trace
Departure from average:  -0.91"

Snowfall total: …

Weather Report for Tuesday, November 15th, 2011. Coldest air of the season arrives Tonight, lingers thru Thursday. Daytime highs on Wednesday may not get out of the 20s! Some snow and icy roads Tonight-Wednesday. Latest info. on the potential storm this weekend.

Issued at 7:57 PM CST, Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Weather Tidbits:

*8th warmest October on record (since 1880) globally (NOAA)
*10th warmest year on record globally so far in 2011.  (NOAA)
*0.3" of snow has fallen so far Today at the Duluth National Weather Service.  1st time since April 28th with a snowfall total of at least 0.1".

Couple snowfall reports from Today.  (NWS Duluth, Minnesota)

Cotton, MN (St. Louis County)  2.4"
Kettle River, MN (Carlton County)  2.0"
Blackberry, MN (Itasca County)  1.5"

Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

An interesting day with plenty of changes occurring throughout the day.  A band of snow or mixed snow and rain occurred This Morning in parts of Northeast-Eastcentral Minnesota and far Northwest Wisconsin...Locations that saw mainly snow picked up a dusting to as much as 2" of accumulation This Morning.  A brief break in the precipitation occurred This Afternoon with partly sunny to …