Radar loop showing the scattered thunderstorms from late this afternoon.
Visible satellite loop from late this afternoon showing the scattered showers and thunderstorms which erupted in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin with movement off to the east/northeast.
Local Storm Reports from around the Northland
Reports from May 26, 2017
*7:38 PM: HAIL. 0.50 inch. Spooner, WI 1 ENE (Washburn County)
*7:36 PM: HAIL. 0.25 inch. Spooner, WI (Washburn County)
*7:34 PM: HAIL. 0.25 inch. Spooner, WI 1 ENE (Washburn County)
*5:35 PM: HAIL. 0.25 inch. Twig, MN 4 E (St. Louis County)
*4:26 PM: HAIL. 0.50 inch. Aurora, MN (St. Louis County) A lot of quarter to half inch size hail.
*4:02 PM: HAIL. 0.75 inch. Prosit, MN 1 NNW (St. Louis County) Largest hail was dime sized. Hail duration 5 minutes.
*3:53 PM: HAIL. 0.25 inch. Hibbing, MN (St. Louis County) Hail covered the ground.
*3:45 PM: HAIL. 0.50 inch. Hibbing, MN 4 W (St. Louis County) Hail lasted 4 minutes.
*2:35 PM: HAIL. 0.25 inch. Orr, MN 2 S (St. Louis County)
Rainfall reports from Thursday night-Friday, May 25-26, 2017
Note: Totals listed below are through ~7 PM Friday (26th)
Orr, MN: 0.42 in
Moose Lake, MN: 0.26 in
Siren, WI: 0.26 in
Ely, MN: 0.20 in
McGregor, MN: 0.17 in
Isabella, MN: 0.16 in
Chisholm-Hibbing, MN (Airport) 0.09 in
Silver Bay, MN: 0.07 in
Two Harbors, MN: 0.04 in
Temperatures warmed into the 70s over most of the Northland today with cooler 50s closer to Lake Superior. A few showers earlier in the day gave way to a mix of sun/clouds. Instability and moisture increased across parts of the area this afternoon, and this combined with an approaching cold front helped to trigger scattered showers and thunderstorms over parts of the area. Torrential downpours, small hail and cloud to ground lightning strikes were the main hazards out of the storms today.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms continue this evening in far northeast Minnesota and in parts of northwest Wisconsin. This activity will either weaken or move out of the area by late this evening. The overnight hours will be dry with patchy fog possible. Lows will be in the 40s and 50s.
Saturday still looks like the warmest day of the holiday weekend with highs mainly in the 70s under partly to mostly cloudy skies. Could be a few showers or thunderstorms in parts of the area especially from the afternoon through the overnight hours.
A better chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms for Sunday as daytime heating couples with colder temperatures aloft to help make the atmosphere unstable -- A few of the storms Sunday could be on the strong side with potential for some hail and or gusty winds.
Note: Widespread, all day rains are not expected Saturday or Sunday in the Northland but scattered activity will develop at times with the better chance for this coming on Sunday.
Memorial Day (Monday) will be cool and showery at times.
Highs Sunday are expected to be in the 60s with highs Monday only in the 50s to around 60 degrees while some locations in far northern Minnesota stay in the 40s!
Couple storm pics I took from late Friday afternoon, May 26, 2017. I was at the Highway 23 overlook, near Wrenshall, Minnesota and Jay Cooke State Park.