Showing posts from December, 2011

Happy New Year! Be careful on the roads! Hazardous travel conditions develop Tonight.

Issued at 3:22 PM CST, Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Snow with a few to several inches of accumulation TonightPrecipitation may start as an icy mix in Eastcentral Minnesota-Northwest Wisconsin This EveningStrong winds arrive late Tonight and SundayHeavy lake effect snow Sunday PM-Monday along the South Shore of Lake Superior
Weather Tidbits:

*Today marks the 15th day in a row (12/17-12/31) with an above normal high temperature at Duluth, Minnesota.

*Back to back storms on New Year's Eve! Last year's storm dropped 1-2" of snow and some sleet accumulation in the Twin Ports with even some thunder! The storm last year also produced a severe weather outbreak with 195 severe weather reports including 66 tornadoes.  Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were affected by the severe weather (SPC)

January 2012 Climate Outlook
Source:  Climate Prediction Center

For Duluth, Minnesota:

33-40% chance for above normal temperatures with equal chances for …

Winter Storm Update!

Issued at 11:47 AM CST, Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

A winter weather advisory in effect from 4pm CST Today until 10am CST Sunday for the following Counties:  In Minnesota...Crow Wing...Aitkin...Carlton...Southern St. Louis...Southern Lake...and Southern Cook.  Some cities included in the advisory:  Brainerd...Aitkin...McGregor...Hill City...Moose Lake...Cloquet...Duluth...Floodwood...Two Harbors...Silver Bay...Lutsen...and Grand Marais.

*Discussion:  Patchy fog and light freezing drizzle will continue This Afternoon.  Snow will develop by late This Afternoon or early This Evening in the Brainerd Lakes region.  Snow will then spread east and northeast across the remainder of the advisory area Tonight.  Snow could be moderate to heavy at times between 5pm-Midnight Tonight.

*Total snowfall accumulations:  2-5"

*Impacts:  Falling snow with increasing winds resulting in blowing and drifting snow.  Visibility w…

Snow begins Saturday Afternoon N/NW of Duluth. 1" for DLH...Heavier amounts N.Minnesota. Lake Effect Snowstorm begins Sunday in Bayfield, Ashland&Iron Counties Wisconsin.

Issued at 4:21 PM CST, Friday, December 30th, 2011

Quiet night TonightSeveral inches of snow for Northern Minnesota Saturday Afternoon-early SundaySome mixed precip and snow farther south late Saturday-early SundayStrong winds, colder temperatures and bitterly cold wind chills Sunday-MondayHeavy lake effect snow and possible blizzard conditions for the South Shore Sunday-Monday
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

A Winter Storm Watch in effect from late Saturday Night through Monday Afternoon for Bayfield...Ashland...and Iron Counties in Northwest Wisconsin.  Some cities included in the watch are:  Port Wing...Bayfield...Cable...Ashland...Mellen...Butternut...Upson...Gile...and Hurley.

Discussion:  A mixture of precipitation is possible Saturday Evening with any mixed precipitation turning to snow Overnight Saturday.  Snow will then continue Sunday into Monday with very heavy lake effect snow showers expected from late Sunday Afternoon through Monday.

Late night-Friday AM flurries for Duluth with a 1-3" snow Central-Southern Minnesota.

Issued at 3:06 PM CST, Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Tonight's clipper takes a southerly routeSouthwest parts of our area could see up to 1" of snow late Tonight-Friday AMComplex system for the holiday weekend, main impacts will probably be in Northern MinnesotaArctic air and strong winds Sunday and MondaySignificant lake effect snow event possible for the South Shore snowbelts Sunday Night-Monday
Snowfall report for Wednesday Night-Thursday Morning, December 28th-29th, 2011
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

13 miles east-southeast of Gunflint Lake, MN (Cook County)  5.5"
Grand Portage, MN (Cook County)  5.0"
2 miles east-northeast of Hovland, MN (Cook County)  5.0"
3 miles west-southwest of Grand Marais, MN (Cook County)  5.0"
Lutsen, MN (Cook County)  4.5"
Sea Gull Lake, MN (Cook County)  3.5"
1 mile southwest of Tofte, MN (Cook County)  3.0"
Kabetogama, MN (St. Louis County)  2.7"
14 miles west of Isabella, MN (Lake C…

Snow Overnight...Thursday AM commute could be a slow one

Issued at 8:00 PM CST, Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Much of the area will have a dusting to a few inches of new snow TonightNext clipper takes a more southerly track Thursday Night-Friday AMA mild New Year's Eve, turns sharply colder and quite windy New Year's DayWeekend rain/snow event?
Weather Tidbits:

*24th least snowiest start to a winter at Rochester, Minnesota.  6.6" of snow so far this season.  (NWS La Crosse, WI)

*20th least snowiest start to a winter at La Crosse, Wisconsin.  4.3" of snow so far this season. (NWS La Crosse, WI)

*The past 6 months has been the 2nd warmest on record since 1873 in the Twin Cities.  The temperature has been almost 5.0 degrees above average.  (Minnesota State Climate Office)

*On Monday, December 26th, a 750 acres brush fire occurred near the town of Gully, Minnesota (Northwest part of the state) in Polk County. (Updraft blog MPR)

Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Warm air advection moved a…

Chilly one Tonight. Mild temperatures for the rest of the week.

Issued at 4:26 PM CST, Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Cold temperatures TonightA light dusting of snow possible for some on WednesdayA few inches of snow possible Wednesday Night-early Friday?Warmup begins on Wednesday and lingers thru Saturday
A recap of the unseasonably warm temperatures that covered Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin on Monday, December 26th.

Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Duluth, MN:  43 degrees *record for the day
International Falls, MN:  41 degrees
Brainerd, MN:  47 degrees
Hibbing, MN:  44 degrees
Grand Marais, MN:  42 degrees
Ashland, WI:  49 degrees
Hayward, WI:  46 degrees
Sky Harbor, MN:  46 degrees
Ely, MN:  43 degrees
Bigfork, MN:  43 degrees
Grand Rapids, MN:  45 degrees
Pine River, MN:  46 degrees
Aitkin, MN:  46 degrees
Moose Lake, MN:  46 degrees
Hinckley, MN:  46 degrees
Superior, WI:  48 degrees
Siren, WI:  48 degrees
Cass Lake, MN:  47 degrees
Gurney, WI:  45 degrees
Upson, WI:  46 degrees
9 miles north of Bayfield, WI:  49 degrees

Very warm Today. One day cold blast for Tuesday.

Issued at 5:14 PM CST, Monday, December 26th, 2011

Record warmth in Minnesota TodayTurning colder on TuesdayWarms up mid-week into the weekendScattered snow showers late Tonight-TuesdayCouple clippers, minor snow events possible mid-week thru the weekend
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota


Today's High:  43 degrees.
Previous record high:  42 degrees set in 1908 and 1877.


Today's High:  52 degrees.
Previous record high:  51 degrees set in 1936.

St. Cloud:

Today's High:  49 degrees
Previous record high:  48 degrees set in 1905.

Snow depth report as of 6am CST Monday, December 26th, 2011
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, MN.

Duluth, MN:  3.0" (NWS location)
International Falls, MN:  4.0"
Bruno, MN:  2.0"
Cook, MN:  4.0"
Floodwood, MN:  1.0"
Grand Portage, MN:  4.0"
Kabetogama, MN:  5.0"
3 miles east of Orr, MN:  4.0"
Upson, WI:  7.0"
4 miles west of Clam Lake…

Snow showers possible late Tonight&Sunday AM. Merry Christmas!

Issued at 7:21 PM CST, Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Scattered snow showers/flurries Tonight and SundayGusty winds on MondayWarmer than average temperatures the next several days, Monday looks really warmA couple chances for snow beginning the middle of next week
Weather Tidbits:

*45.6% of the U.S. was covered by snow at this time last year compared to 30.8% this year. (NOHRSC)

*96% of the Upper Midwest was covered by snow at this time last year compared to just 23.4% this year. (NOHRSC)

Weather History:

On this date in 2009:  11.0" of snow fell at Duluth, Minnesota.

Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

A warm front has been edging east across Minnesota Today.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies were common in our area with above average temperatures with highs in the 20s and 30s.  Winds were out of the west or southwest at 10 to 20 mph.

...Warm temperatures in Southern Minnesota Today...

Appleton:  46 degrees
Canby:  47 degrees
Fairmont:  46 degrees

0.5-5.0" of SNOW Today across the Northland. Little to no arctic air thru the 1st week of January.

Issued at 4:06 PM CST, Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Lingering flurries/light snow This EveningAbove average temperatures Saturday thru MondayFlurries could fall at times this weekend
Snowfall report for Friday, December 23rd, 2011
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

11 miles northeast of Grand Marais, MN (Cook County)  5.0"
3 miles southwest of Snow Bank Lake, MN (Lake County)  3.0"
Bigfork, MN (Itasca County)  2.5"
7 miles northwest of Two Harbors, MN (Lake County)  2.4"
3 miles east of Orr, MN (St. Louis County)  2.3"
4 miles south of Sawyer, MN (Carlton County)  2.2"
Moose Lake, MN (Carlton County)  2.0"
International Falls, MN (Koochiching County)  2.0"
Lutsen, MN (Cook County)  2.0"
Cloquet, MN (Carlton County)  2.0"
Willow River, MN (Pine County)  2.0"
2 miles west of Hayward, WI (Sawyer County)  2.0"
20 miles north of Tofte, MN (Cook County)  1.7"  Note:  Snow depth:  9.0"
Alborn, MN (St. Louis C…

Get ready for some snow on Friday!

Issued at 8:00 PM CST, Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Late night lake effect snow showers along the North ShoreClipper system brings a dusting to a couple inches of snow to the Northland on FridayHoliday weekend flurries with above average temperatures
Weather Tidbits:

*December will likely be the 7th consecutive month with an above average monthly temperature in the Twin Cities.  Below is the month by month temperature surplus during this warm streak.  (MPR.  Updraft blog)

June:  +1.1 degrees
July:  +5.6 degrees (6th warmest on record)
August:  +2.4 degrees
September:  +0.9 degrees
October:  +6.4 degrees (8th warmest on record)
November:  +5.6 degrees (11th warmest on record)
December:  +5.0 degrees? (10th warmest on record?)

December looks like it will go in the books as the 6th consecutive month with an above average temperature at Duluth, Minnesota.

*Average December temperature thru the 21st:  21.1 degrees which is 4.9 degrees above average.

*8 days so far this month with a high temp…

A little chilly Thursday. Some lake effect snow east of the Twin Ports late Tonight-Thursday.

Issued at 8:04 PM CST, Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Lake effect snow showers for the South Shore of Lake Superior late Tonight-ThursdayA few flurries elsewhere into Thursday AMClipper system could swipe Northern Minnesota with a bit of snow on FridayTemperatures for the most part will be above average thru early next week
Weather Tidbits:

51.5"...Snowfall total at this time last year (Duluth NWS)
  7.1"...Snowfall total so far this year (Duluth NWS)

Weather History:

On this date last year:  5.8" of snow fell at Duluth, Minnesota.
On this date in 1989:  A record low temperature of -28 degrees occurred at Duluth, Minnesota.

Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

A cold front moved southeast across our area Today.  This front brought some light snow or mixed precipitation to parts of Northwest Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota with a few flurries elsewhere.  Snowfall accumulations in Northwest Wisconsin were light, generally under 1". …

Winter officially begins on Wednesday, probably won't look/feel like winter until March:)

Issued at 7:24 PM CST, Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

A chance for some snow showers/flurries thru Wednesday EveningChristmas weekend looks quite toasty..considering the time of yearNo signs of any major cold snaps or big storms thru early JanuaryWeather History:

On this date last year, the low temperature was -8 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota.

Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Southwest winds, mostly sunny skies and a lack of snow cover outside of the South Shore snowbelts and in parts of the Arrowhead/Gunflint Trail areas resulted in temperatures getting back into the 30s in most of our area Today.  Winds were out of the southwest at 5 to 15 mph with some higher gusts, especially along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

West flow at 500mb flow covered the Upper Midwest while an upper level trough digs SE from Western Canada along with it's 90-150 meter 12 hour 500mb height falls per RUC model analysis and water …

Blizzard rages on Tonight in parts of the Western High Plains/Southern Plains. Snow drought continues in Minnesota!

Issued at 4:33 PM CST, Monday, December 19th, 2011

Clouds linger Tonight.  Spotty flakes/light freezing drizzle?High temps get close to or exceed the freezing mark on WednesdayOccasional flurries from mid-week thru the weekend
Snow drought isn't only affecting the Northland, much of Northern Michigan is having it's least snowiest or 2nd least snowiest start to the season.  2011-2012 Seasonal snowfall thru December 19th.

Source:  NWS Gaylord, Michigan

Alpena, MI:

Snowfall total:  1.0" (1st least snowy)
Average:  27.4"
Departure from average:  -26.4"

Gaylord, MI:

Snowfall total:  13.8" (2nd least snowy)
Average:  55.8"
Departure from average:  -42.0"

Houghton Lake, MI:

Snowfall total:  1.7"  (2nd least snowy)
Average:  53.8"
Departure from average:  -41.8"

Traverse City, MI:

Snowfall total:  3.5"  (1st least snowy)
Average:  31.4"
Departure from average:  -27.9"

Snow Depth report as of Monday, December 19th, 2011
Source:  Nati…

Blizzard Mon-Tue for parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Hot in parts of Minny Today. Pack get beat, 1st time in 364 days!

Issued at 7:41 PM CST, Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Scattered flurries/patchy light freezing drizzle possible TonightMid-week flakes possibleTemperatures near to above average into Christmas weekend
Unseasonably warm temperatures covered most of Minnesota Today.

High temperature report for Sunday, December 18th, 2011
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth and Chanhassen, Minnesota

Duluth, MN:  38 degrees
International Falls, MN:  38 degrees
Brainerd, MN:  47 degrees
Hibbing, MN:  41 degrees
Ashland, WI:  43 degrees
Hayward, WI:  42 degrees
Sky Harbor, MN:  43 degrees
Eveleth, MN:  41 degrees
Bigfork, MN:  41 degrees
Grand Rapids, MN:  43 degrees
Longville, MN:  45 degrees
Pine River, MN:  46 degrees
Aitkin, MN:  45 degrees
Superior, WI:  45 degrees
Siren, WI:  44 degrees
Phillips, WI:  43 degrees

Redwood Falls, MN:  50 degrees
Appleton, MN:  57 degrees
Canby, MN:  58 degrees
Montevideo, MN:  61 degrees
Morris, MN:  55 degrees
Willmar, MN:  54 degrees
Olivia, MN:  52 degrees
Sauk Centre,…