Saturday, March 12, 2016

March 12, 2016 Weather Report - First 60 degree high temperature of 2016 at the Duluth Airport today (A month earlier than normal) Rain at times Sunday-Monday

/Issued 8:03 PM CST, March 12, 2016/

High temperature map from Friday, March 11, 2016.  Source, Midwest Regional Climate Center.















Second day in a row with record or near record high temperatures across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest.  Record high temperature map from 3 PM today, March 12, 2016.  Source, http://coolwx.com/record/

















Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.





















Sunday's high temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.




















High temperature report for March 11, 2016
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Cass Lake, MN (DNR)  64 F
Walker, MN:  64 F
Moose Lake, MN:  63 F
Ashland, WI:  62 F
Scanlon, MN:  62 F
Aitkin, MN:  61 F

Northome, MN:  61 F
International Falls, MN:  61 F
Littlefork, MN:  61 F
Siren, WI:  61 F
Longville, MN:  61 F
Brainerd, MN:  60 F

Hinckley, MN:  59 F
Grand Rapids, MN:  59 F
Hayward, WI:  59 F
Glidden, WI:  58 F
Cloquet, MN:  57 F
Cook, MN:  57 F

Bigfork, MN:  57 F
Orr, MN:  57 F
Bruno, MN:  57 F
Crane Lake, MN:  55 F
Phillips, WI:  55 F
Ely, MN:  54 F

Two Harbors, MN:  54 F
Duluth, MN (Airport)  53 F
Bayfield, WI:  51 F
Silver Bay, MN:  50 F

More record highs from Friday, March 11, 2016

Twin Cities, Minnesota:

High temperature:  66 degrees -- Ties the previous record high which was set in 2012.

St. Cloud, Minnesota:

New record:  62 degrees
Old record:  61 degrees set in 2012

Weather Tidbits for Duluth, Minnesota (Airport location)

*60 degrees today, March 12th -- Last year, the first 60 degree high temperature came on March 15th.  2014, April 20th.  2013, April 26th.  Note:  The average date for the first 60 degree high temperature is April 12th, so this year was a full month earlier than normal.

*From 1981-2015, there's only been two other Marches that have produced the first 60 degree high temperature earlier than March 12th -- March 7th, 1987; And March 7th, 2000.

Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date:  March 12, 2016

Warm temperatures continued today under sunny to mostly sunny skies, highs were in the 60s to lower 70s with 40s and 50s closer to Lake Superior.  Winds were out of the east at 5 to 15 mph.

Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Tonight (March 12)

High pressure will be located over Ontario Province with low pressure and a warm front off to our west/south.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies will occur tonight with a chance for showers in Western-Southern areas after midnight.  Low temperatures will be in the 30s to lower 40s with east winds at 5 to 15 mph.

Sunday and Sunday night (March 13)

Occasional rain showers.  Areas of fog and possibly some drizzle mainly near Lake Superior.  Mostly cloudy skies are forecast on Sunday as a warm front and cold front weaken as they move into the Upper Midwest.  Moisture will be on the increase and there should be enough forcing/lift with the fronts nearby to kick off some showers.  Highs tomorrow will be in the 40s and 50s with lows tomorrow night in the 30s and 40s.  It will be cooler during the day near Lake Superior.  Winds will be out of the east or south at 10 to 20 mph.

Extended Forecast - Confidence:  Medium.

Monday through Wednesday (March 14-16)

A chance for rain continues on Monday as a weak trough remains over the Upper Midwest, Monday night could end up dry as the next system takes shape to our west/south -- That system could affect us Tuesday and Wednesday with some rain.

High temperatures on Monday and Tuesday will be in the 40s and 50s with 60s possible on Monday in Western parts of the area, lows Monday night will be in the 30s and 40s, lows Tuesday night mainly in the 30s.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the 30s and 40s.

Long Range Forecast - Confidence:  Medium.

(March 17-22)

Rain or snow showers are possible on the 17th-18th as an upper level system spins over the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes.  Some more snow or rain is possible sometime during the 19th-21st time frame.  Near to below average temperatures are expected during the long range.

5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH AND SUPERIOR

.Tonight...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 33 to 38.  Wind east at 10 to 15 mph.

.Sunday...  Considerable cloudiness.  Showers possible along with patchy fog.  High 40 to 45 but in the 30s near Lake Superior.  Wind east at 10 to 20 mph.

.Sunday night...  Occasional showers.  Areas of fog and drizzle possible.  Low 34 to 37.  Wind east at 10 to 15 mph.

.Monday...  Mostly cloudy.  Showers possible.  Areas of fog and drizzle possible.  High 40 to 45 but cooler near Lake Superior.

.Monday night...  Mostly cloudy.  Low 35 to 40.

.Tuesday...  Rain possible.  High 40 to 45 but cooler near Lake Superior.

.Tuesday night...  Rain possible.  Low 35 to 40.

.Wednesday...  Rain or snow showers possible.  High 35 to 40.

Normal temperatures for Sunday

High:  33
Low:  16

Sunrise Sunday:  7:24 AM CDT
Sunset Sunday:   7:12 PM CDT

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