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January continues the trend of the last 6 months...Warm and dry in the Twin Ports.

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Issued at 4:06 PM CST, Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Warmer than average temperatures thru early next weekNo significant storms for the next 2 weeks
February climate data for Duluth, Minnesota (Airport location)

Average monthly temperature:  15.1 degrees
Average snowfall:  12.4"
Average precipitation:  0.81"

Sunrise on February 1st:  7:33 AM CST
Sunset on February 1st:  5:11 PM CST

Sunrise on February 29th:  6:49 AM CST
Sunset on February 29th:  5:53 PM CST

*Updated February outlook from the Climate Prediction Center*

For Duluth, Minnesota:

33% chance of above average temperatures with equal chances for above, normal or below normal precipitation.





Weather Tidbits:

*January 2012 will finish in the top 10 in least snowiest and warmest at Duluth, Minnesota.  Final numbers will be calculated later This Evening (NWS Duluth, MN)  Note:  Preliminary data has this January at the 6th warmest in Duluth and 9th warmest in the Twin Cities (Updraft MPR)

*Dating back to last year the precipitati…

Wintry mix of precip in parts of the Northland Tonight. Very warm temps/record highs in the Plains Today. Major model differences showing up this weekend.

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Issued at 4:05 PM CST, Monday, January 30th, 2012

A wintry mix of precipitation Tonight and Tuesday for Northern MinnesotaAbove average temperatures will continue for the next several daysGenerally dry after Tuesday
*WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY*
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

A winter weather advisory is in effect from 9pm CST This Evening until 12pm CST Tuesday for the following Counties in Northern Minnesota:  Koochiching...Northern Itasca...Central and Northern St. Louis...Northern Lake...and Northern Cook.  Some cities included in the advisory are:  International Falls...Bigfork...Togo...Hibbing...Virginia...Crane Lake...Orr...Ely...Isabella...and Forest Center.

Discussion:  A mixture of sleet, freezing rain and snow will affect Northern Minnesota from mid-Evening through early Tuesday Afternoon.  Snow accumulations of 1-2" are possible by Tuesday.  Ice accumulations will be under 0.10".  Roads will become slippery due to the freezing rain and snow.

A winte…

Snow arrives late Tonight...Ends before Noon Monday. 1-3" accumulations, highest totals along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

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Issued at 5:03 PM CST, Sunday, January 29th, 2012

A cold Evening, then rising temperatures OvernightSnow Overnight thru midday Monday, some accumulation likelyAnother system Monday Night-Tuesday takes the northern routeTemperatures will be above average most of this week
Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

A chilly day with highs in the teens which is near to slightly below average for late January.  Sunshine was abundant throughout the area with light winds under 10 mph.  A strong warm front was heading east through the Dakotas Today with a big range in temperatures.  26 degrees at Bismarck, North Dakota to 51 degrees at Dickinson, North Dakota (5pm)

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

Northwest 500mb flow covered the Upper Midwest with strong warm and moist advection heading east out of the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains.  PWS late This Afternoon ranged from 0.10-0.30" in Minnesota to a half inch in the Central-Western Dakotas.  850mb te…

Brief cold snap (near average temps) nice thaw for next week. 1" of snow possible late Sun Night-Mon?

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Issued at 4:35 PM CST, Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Flurries and snow showers around the area TonightA cold Sunday aheadWarmer temperatures return on Monday and will stick around for several more daysAmplified weather pattern sets up by the end of next week
Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Temperatures cooled off a bit Today compared to the past few days.  Highs were in the upper teens to middle 20s which is right around average for late Janaury.  Partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies were found in our area with occasional flurries and snow showers.  Winds were out of the northwest or west-southwest at 5 to 15 mph with higher gusts.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

Northwest 500mb flow covered the Upper Midwest with Friday's disturbance now in Eastern Canada while a new disturbance drops SE out of North Dakota per water vapor satellite imagery.  A powerful 130-150 knot jet stream extended from Saskatchewan Province to the Western Dakota per R…

A snowy Friday...1-5" totals! Complete listing below.

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Issued at 3:54 PM CST, Friday, January 27th, 2012

A quick, but intense snowfall across parts of our area TodayColder weekend ahead with Sunday being the coldest dayFlurries/snow showers possible this weekendWarmer temperatures for next week
Snowfall report for Friday, January 27th, 2012
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.

McKinley, MN (St. Louis County)  5.5"
8 miles south of Bigfork, MN (Itasca County)  5.3"
6 miles west of Bowstring, MN (Itasca County)  5.0"
5 miles north of Virginia, MN (St. Louis County)  4.0"
Dixon Lake, MN (Itasca County)  4.0"
Nashwauk, MN (Itasca County)  3.2"
Cotton, MN (St. Louis County)  2.5"
Bigfork, MN (Itasca County)  2.5"
12 miles north of Grand Rapids, MN (Itasca County)  2.5"
Saginaw, MN (St. Louis County)  2.5"
7 miles northwest of Two Harbors, MN (Lake County)  2.3"
Moose Lake, MN (Carlton County)  2.0"
Little Marais, MN (Lake County)  2.0"  Note:  Fell an 1 hour.
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96% of Minnesota now under a moderate drought! Some snow for Friday.

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Issued at 8:24 PM CST, Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Quiet weather TonightSnow with a couple inches of accumulation for some areas on FridayColder this weekend with some possible flurries or snow showers
Weather Tidbits:

*Thru January 25th, 2012 there have been 70 reported tornadoes in the U.S. This is the 3rd highest during the month of January since 1950.  (TWC)

*Today marks the 10th time this month with a high temperature of at least 32 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota.

Latest Drought Monitor for Minnesota as of January 24th, 2012.  (CPC)

Note:  Moderate drought conditions now cover 96% of Minnesota which is up from 57% last week.



Weather History:

On this date in 2004:  18.2" of snow fell at Duluth, Minnesota.

Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Another mild day with highs in the upper 20s to middle 30s.  Overcast skies persisted all day long in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin while skies turned sunnier during the mid-late Afternoon hou…

Clearing heading east!

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Issued at 3:47 PM CST, Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Sunshine has broken out late This Afternoon in the Brainerd Lakes region, extending north into Western Itasca and Western Koochiching Counties in Northern Minnesota.  Expect the clearing line to reach International Falls, Grand Rapids and McGregor, MN by 4:30-5pm.  The Iron Range, Twin Ports and I35 corridor between 5-6pm.

Visible satellite from Nexlab-College of Dupage website.



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Very mild temps Tonight and Thursday. Watchout for some patchy fog, flakes and freezing drizzle Tonight.

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Issued at 8:29 PM CST, Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Warmer than average temperatures continue into FridayA little bit of snow, light freezing drizzle or fog possible TonightTurns colder this weekend before it warms up again for next week
Weather Tidbits:

*Thru January 24th, 2012 there have been 59 tornadoes reported in the U.S.  Only 4 other January's have had more than 50 tornadoes.  1999; 218.  2008; 88.  1975; 54.  1997; 50.  (TWC)

*51 severe weather and 7 tornado reports across Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on January 24th-25th, 2012.  (SPC)


Today's Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Low pressure of 994mb was centered in Western Manitoba Province This Evening with a warm southerly flow occurring in the Upper Midwest ahead of this low.  Highs Today were in the upper 20s to middle 30s which is 10 to around 15 degrees above normal for late January.  Winds Today were out of the south at 5 to around 20 mph.  Partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies cov…

A light dusting of snow possible Overnight for some parts of the Northland.

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Issued at 8:24 PM CST, Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Above average temperatures thru FridayA few weak systems with dustings of snow possible into the weekendColder temperatures arrive on Saturday and Sunday
Weather Tidbits:

*January 2012 looks like it will go down as the 7th consecutive month with an above average temperature and the 5th consecutive month with below average precipitation at Duluth, Minnesota.

*Precipitation deficit thru January 23rd is up to 5.47" at Duluth, Minnesota.

*42.2" of snow has fallen so far this month at Marquette, Michigan vs. 2.7" at Duluth, Minnesota.

Seasonal snowfall update:

Note:  First number is the amount of snow that has fallen thru January 23rd.  The second number is the departure from average.

Duluth, Minnesota:  14.5"/-34.4"
International Falls, Minnesota:  30.3"/-12.4"
Twin Cities, Minnesota:  14.4"/-16.1"
St. Cloud, Minnesota:  12.8"/-13.3"
Grand Forks, North Dakota:  10.3"/-15.8"
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Much of the area saw a nice amount of snow the last day or so, but Duluth/Superior missed out once again.

Issued at 4:06 PM CST, Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Snow continues Tonight in the Arrowhead of Minnesota and Northwest WisconsinShould get close to 30 or break the 30 degree mark Wednesday and ThursdayTurns colder this weekendNo big storms anytime soon
Snowfall report for Saturday Night-Monday Morning, January 21st-23rd, 2012
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Orr, MN (St. Louis County)  7.7"
2 miles west-northwest of Marcell, MN (Itasca County)  6.5"
8 miles south of Bigfork, MN (Itasca County)  6.5"
Maple, WI (Douglas County)  6.3"
1 mile west of Indus, MN (Koochiching County)  6.0"
Togo, MN (Itasca County)  5.0"
2 west of Hayward, WI (Sawyer County)  5.0"
2 miles west of Hertel, WI (Burnett County)  5.0"
Oulu, WI (Bayfield County)  5.0"
International Falls, MN (Koochiching County)  4.7"
8 miles west of Remer, MN (Cass County)  4.0"
4 miles south of Northome, MN (Itasca County)  4.0"
Spooner, WI (Washburn Count…

Hazardous travel conditions possible thru Monday. Some snow, light icing and maybe even some fog. Heaviest snow amounts west-north of Duluth.

Issued at 7:03 PM CST, Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Some snow, freezing drizzle and fog thru Sunday NightGreatest snowfall accumulations should remain west-north of DuluthLingering light snow/flurries on MondayAbove average temperatures expected next week
Low temperature report for Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Duluth, MN:  -10 degrees
International Falls, MN:  -21 degrees
Brainerd, MN:  -13 degrees
Hibbing, MN:  -20 degrees
Hayward, WI:  -17 degrees
Sky Harbor, MN:  -6 degrees
Grand Marais, MN:  -22 degrees
Ely, MN:  -26 degrees
Orr, MN:  -24 degrees
Crane Lake, MN:  -24 degrees
Cook, MN:  -24 degrees
Longville, MN:  -17 degrees
Moose Lake, MN:  -15 degrees
Cloquet, MN:  -13 degrees
Superior, WI:  -9 degrees
Phillips, WI:  -17 degrees
Northome, MN:  -23 degrees
Embarrass, MN:  -27 degrees
4 miles east of Island Lake, MN:  -20 degrees
Kabetogama, MN:  -22 degrees
3 miles east of Orr, MN:  -25 degrees
2 miles south of Tower, MN:  -24 deg…

31 below This Morning at Gile, Wisconsin. Keeping an eye on a possible snow event late this weekend/early next week.

Issued at 4:02 PM CST, Friday, January 20th, 2012

Another cold night aheadModerating temperatures this weekend which will carry over into next weekModel differences linger for the Sunday-Monday system
Low temperature report for Friday, January 20th, 2012
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Duluth, MN:  -12 degrees
International Falls, MN:  -20 degrees
Brainerd, MN:  -18 degrees
Hibbing, MN:  -22 degrees
Hayward, WI:  -21 degrees
Sky Harbor, MN:  -6 degrees
Ely, MN:  -24 degrees
Crane Lake, MN:  -22 degrees
Eveleth, MN:  -22 degrees
Pine River, MN:  -20 degrees
Superior, WI:  -9 degrees
Phillips, WI:  -18 degrees
Cook, MN:  -27 degrees
Embarrass, MN:  -25 degrees
Finland, MN:  -20 degrees
Butternut, WI:  -24 degrees
Upson, WI:  -31 degrees
Gordon, WI:  -21 degrees
Winter, WI:  -24 degrees

Snowfall update for Duluth, Minnesota

December 1st-January 19th:

Total snowfall:  9.2" versus 29.8" during this period last year.
Average:  30.4"
Departure from average:  -2…

Stays cold Tonight and Friday. Warms up this weekend!

Issued at 8:19 PM CST, Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Another frigid night but with less wind compared to last nightCold temperatures continue on Friday with a snow system passing south of our areaModerating temperatures this weekend with some snow possible by Sunday
Low temperature report for Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Duluth, MN:  -18 degrees
International Falls, MN:  -25 degrees
Brainerd, MN:  -20 degrees
Hibbing, MN:  -20 degrees
Hayward, WI:  -16 degrees
Sky Harbor, MN:  -11 degrees
Two Harbors, MN:  -18 degrees
Silver Bay, MN:  -18 degrees
Grand Marais, MN:  -22 degrees
Ely, MN:  -22 degrees
Orr, MN:  -26 degrees
Crane Lake, MN:  -26 degrees
Bigfork, MN:  -24 degrees
Cook, MN:  -24 degrees
Longville, MN:  -22 degrees
Pine River, MN:  -22 degrees
Aitkin, MN:  -18 degrees
Superior, WI:  -15 degrees
Siren, WI:  -15 degrees
Bruno, MN:  -19 degrees
3 miles east of Wright, MN:  -20 degrees
Cass Lake, MN:  -23 degrees
Northome, MN:  -23…

Harsh winter weather conditions Tonight and Thursday. Cover exposed skin if you head outdoors. Headline info. can be found on the previous blog post from earlier Today.

Issued at 8:15 PM CST, Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Bitterly cold temperatures with dangerous wind chills Tonight and ThursdayLake effect snow with several inches of accumulation thru Thursday for Iron CO WisconsinFriday's snow system trends south with the latest model guidance2 possible snow events for late this weekend and the middle of next week
Low temperature report for Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Duluth, MN:  -8 degrees
International Falls, MN:  -13 degrees
Brainerd, MN:  -11 degrees
Hibbing, MN:  -15 degrees
Hayward, WI:  -14 degrees
Silver Bay, MN:  -11 degrees
Orr, MN:  -15 degrees
Crane Lake, MN:  -13 degrees
Eveleth, MN:  -13 degrees
Bigfork, MN:  -15 degrees
Cook, MN:  -17 degrees
Longville, MN:  -15 degrees
Pine River, MN:  -15 degrees
Superior, WI:  -8 degrees
Sky Harbor, MN:  -2 degrees
Phillips, WI:  -13 degrees
3 miles east of Wright, MN:  -14 degrees
Northome, MN:  -14 degrees
Embarrass, MN:  -18 degrees
2 mile…