Monday, August 20, 2018

Northland weather: Smoky! Spotty showers tonight, most of us stay dry, patchy fog/mist! Mainly dry Tue-Thu; Next chance for widespread rain is on Fri. Update on Hurricane Lane

/Issued 4:34 PM CDT, Monday, August 20, 2018/











Source:  https://www.pca.state.mn.us

Another Air Quality Alert in effect for parts of Minnesota through 9 AM Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (Orange shaded area on map)  More information at this link https://www.pca.state.mn.us/air/current-air-quality




















Radar Rainfall Estimates through 5 PM Monday, August 20, 2018.












Source:  http://weather.cod.edu

Goes-16 visible satellite loop and radar imagery from Monday, August 20, 2018.

Loop time:  11:07 AM to 4:37 PM.

A rather strong area of low pressure moving slowly E/NE across far northern Missouri today, this system is just too far south of the Northland to bring us widespread rain today.













Source:  http://www.prh.noaa.gov

Hurricane Lane 11 AM Advisory, Monday, August 20, 2018.  Location, about 580 miles southeast of Hilo, Hawaii or about 785 miles southeast of Honolulu, Hawaii.  Maximum winds of 130 mph, moving west at 12 mph.  Lane is forecast to remain a major hurricane with winds over 110 mph through Wednesday, August 22.  Lane could impact the Hawaiian Islands later this week.

















Source:  https://weathermodels.com

12z European computer model 8.20.2018

North Pacific simulated IR satellite loop valid through Sunday, August 27, 2018.  Lane could impact portions of the Hawaiian Islands later this week or this coming weekend, whether or not it maintains hurricane strength remains to be seen.
















Source:  https://weathermodels.com

12z European computer model 8.20.2018
















Source:  https://www.tropicaltidbits.com

12z GEFS model 8.20.2018

500mb anomaly forecast valid through September 5, 2018 -- Still seeing signs per long range model guidance for a pattern change beginning this weekend and possibly lasting into early September.  Northwest flow aloft to start with, transitioning to more of a west/southwest flow aloft this weekend into early September.  If this pattern does develop, then will likely see ridging take hold to our south/east while a trough sets up out west.














Source:  http://www.pivotalweather.com/

12z European computer model 8.19.2018
















24-hour Rainfall Reports
Source:  https://mesowest.utah.edu

Note:  Totals listed below are for the 24-hour period ending around 5 PM Monday, Aug 20.

McGregor, Minn:  0.52 inch
Brainerd, Minn:  0.28 inch
Moose Lake, Minn:  0.09 inch
Saginaw, Minn:  0.09 inch
Aitkin, Minn:  0.06 inch
Grand Marais, Minn:  0.04 inch

Note:  The last time Duluth, Minnesota had 0.01 inch or more of rain was on August 4 (1.21 inch) Over 2 weeks since our last measurable rain of greater than a trace. 

Weather Synopsis

A dark and gloomy day in most of the Northland thanks to a combination of thick wildfire smoke and overcast skies, there was a bit more sunshine, however, over northwest portions of the area, roughly from International Falls toward the Brainerd Lakes.  A few downpours and isolated thunderstorms have been developing and collapsing through the day over parts of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, if you got underneath one of these showers, it poured, but the majority of the area has stayed dry today.  Highs today were in the mid 60s to mid 70s, near normal to about 10 degrees below normal for late August.

Tonight:

Mostly cloudy to partly cloudy skies will continue over the Northland with isolated showers in eastern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin where brief downpours and isolated thunderstorms are possible into mid evening.  Patchy fog could develop overnight.  Lows will range from the upper 40s to around 60 degrees.

Low pressure which was over far northern Missouri this evening is forecast to move to just east of Lake Huron by late Tuesday afternoon, then into eastern Canada by Wednesday, meanwhile high pressure builds S/SE out of the northern Rockies through midweek.

Tuesday:

Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected, still can't rule out a stray shower mainly in northwest Wisconsin.  Highs ranging from the upper 60s to middle 70s with N-NE winds.

Wednesday and Thursday:

Looks very pleasant with highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s.  Dry with some sun both days.

Duluth, Minnesota Climate Normals for August 21

High:  74
Low:   54

Sunrise Tuesday:  6:14 AM CDT
Sunset Tuesday:   8:09 PM CDT

Tim








Sunday, August 19, 2018

Twin Ports weather: Dry this evening; Rain possible at times late tonight-Mon evening. Highs Monday in the 60s (NE wind) Mainly dry Tue-Thu

/Issued 2:32 PM CDT, Sunday, August 19, 2018/

Source:  http://www.pivotalweather.com

12z European model 8.19.2018
















Source:  http://weather.cod.edu

Goes-16 water vapor satellite loop from Sunday, August 19, 2018 (Loop time:  9:02 AM to 3:07 PM)

A nice looking area of low pressure across the northern and central Plains today, this system is moving slowly to the north/east.












Source:  https://www.spc.noaa.gov

12z HREF model
















Source:  https://lab.weathermodels.com
















Source:  https://www.tropicaltidbits.com

12z GEFS model 8.19.2018
















Source:  https://www.tropicaltidbits.com

12z GEFS model 8.19.2018

Precipitation Anomaly forecast valid through September 4, 2018. 

Green colors=Above average precipitation

It won't rain every day through September 4, but the overall trend is for more frequent rainfalls leading to above average precipitation totals for the rest of this month and into early September in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.














Source:  http://www.pivotalweather.com

12z European model 8.19.2018

Red lines on map represent possible low pressure disturbances that could eject out of the trough over the western U.S. during the week of August 26.
















Source:  https://hprcc.unl.edu

Temperature departure map for the week of August 12, 2018.  All of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin had above average temperatures last week, generally around 2 to 6 degrees above normal!

















Source:  https://hprcc.unl.edu

Precipitation departure map for the week of August 12, 2018.  The entire Northland was dry last week.



Temperature and Precipitation report for Duluth, Minnesota

August 12 through 18, 2018

High Temperatures/Departure from Normal

8/12:  88 F/+13 degrees above normal
8/13:  89 F/+14 degrees above normal
8/14:  78 F/+3 degrees above normal
8/15:  74 F/-1 degree below normal
8/16:  81 F/+6 degrees above normal
8/17:  82 F/+8 degrees above normal
8/18:  76 F/+2 degrees above normal

Low Temperatures/Departure from Normal

8/12:  62 F/+7 degrees above normal
8/13:  69 F/+14 degrees above normal
8/14:  62 F/+7 degrees above normal
8/15:  53 F/-2 degrees below normal
8/16:  58 F/+3 degrees above normal
8/17:  57 F/+2 degrees above normal
8/18:  60 F/+5 degrees above normal

Note:  Average temperature for the week of August 12:  70.6 degrees (+5.8 degrees above normal)  Source:  https://www.dnr.state.mn.us

Total Precipitation (Aug 12-18) 0.00 inches
Normal:  0.83 inches
Departure:  -0.83 inches below normal

State Average for Minnesota for the week of August 12, 2018
Source:  https://www.dnr.state.mn.us

Temperature:  72.2 degrees
Departure:  +3.8 degrees above normal

Precipitation:  0.48 inches
Departure:  -0.34 inches below normal

Weather Tidbits for Duluth, Minnesota

•45 days so far this year with a high temperature of at least 80 degrees -- 2018 is now tied with 1970 for 4th place for most number of days with a high temperature of at least 80 degrees.

•So far this month we've only had 5 days with below average temperatures -- See list below

August 1:  4 degrees below average
August 2:  8 degrees below average
August 3:  7 degrees below average
August 4:  1 degree below average
August 15:  1 degree below average

Going into today, August 19, our average temperature for the month was at 69.2 degrees, +3.8 degrees above normal.

Weather Synopsis

Skies were generally mostly cloudy with lingering smoke and haze across the Northland today although there has been some sunshine breaking through the clouds and haze at times.  Highs ranged from around 70 to around 80 degrees today, and it was rather muggy with dew points this afternoon mostly in the mid 60s with Silver Bay reporting a dew point of 70 tropical degrees at 1 PM today.

Tonight and Monday:

The Northland will be impacted by a few different systems.  The first is a cold front which pushes south/east of our area by Monday afternoon, the second is an upper level trough which passes through the upper Midwest tonight and Monday.  Skies will generally be mostly cloudy tonight and Monday with some rain and showers expected in our area.  A few thunderstorms are also possible especially tonight.  Lift with the cold frontal boundary and the upper level trough should be enough to produce some rain in our area, I don't think will see widespread heavy rainfall amounts with this system, but a few locations could pick up more than an inch of rain, but some others might only get a little bit of rain, possibly amounting to only a few hundredths of an inch or so.

Lows tonight will be in the 50s and 60s with highs Monday in the 60s and 70s.  Looks like will get a stronger northeast flow developing over Lake Superior which pushes inland on Monday, wind gusts to 25 mph will be possible Monday for areas near Lake Superior.

Tuesday and Wednesday:

A few spotty showers could linger on Tuesday in some parts of the area, mainly northwest Wisconsin/far eastern Minnesota, otherwise it looks generally dry Tuesday and Wednesday.  Highs Tuesday mainly in the 70s, highs Wednesday in the 70s to lower 80s.

Note:  Rain chances return to the Northland late this week, especially on Friday (24th) the way it looks now.

Duluth, Minnesota Climate Normals for August 20

High:  74
Low:   54

Sunrise Monday:  6:13 AM CDT
Sunset Monday:   8:10 PM CDT

Tim










Friday, August 17, 2018

NE breeze tonight with some fog/low clouds possible into Saturday morning. Smoky skies through the weekend (Air Quality Alert in effect for most of Minnesota) Showers possible Sunday afternoon-Tuesday

/Issued 5:06 PM CDT, Friday, August 17, 2018/

Source:  http://weather.cod.edu

22z (5 PM) HRRR model run
















Source:  https://lab.weathermodels.com

For the most part the Northland has been in a dry weather pattern since about mid July with a few exceptions here and there.
















Source:  https://lab.weathermodels.com
















Source:  http://weather.cod.edu












Source:  http://weather.cod.edu

Goes-16 visible satellite loop for Friday, August 17, 2018.

Our source region for wildfire smoke is coming out of western Canada where there are currently over 560 wildfires burning in British Columbia per tweet from @BCGovFireInfo












Source:  https://www.pca.state.mn.us

Air Quality Alert covers most of Minnesota through Noon Sunday (Orange shaded area on map)  More information at this link https://www.pca.state.mn.us/featured/air-quality-alert-friday-august-17-sunday-august-19

Burn restrictions have been issued by the MNDNR for northern Minnesota -- More information at this link  http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2018/08/17/burn-restrictions-issued-for-northern-minnesota/




















Source:  https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/

12z GEFS model 8.17.2018

500mb Height Anomaly Forecast valid through September 2, 2018 -- Talk about a pattern change!  Wow!  Northwest flow transitions to more of a west or southwest flow aloft as we head toward the end of the month and the start of September, if this type of pattern does develop that would open the door for heat, humidity and potential severe weather across the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes later this month into early September.  Certainly something to keep an eye on!














Source:  https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/

12z GEFS model 8.17.2018

Temperature Anomaly Forecast valid through September 2, 2018.  No real surprise given how the pattern could setup that the below average temperatures (Blue colors on map) are replaced with above average temperatures (Orange and red colors on map) While the northwest U.S. experiences the opposite conditions, starts warmer than average then flips to a cooler than average pattern.














Source:  https://weathermodels.com

12z GEFS model 8.17.2018
















Weather Synopsis

The big weather story today was the thick smoke which covered a large part of the Northland this morning, the smoke was so thick that it blocked out the sun for most of the morning into the early afternoon hours, but this smoke has dissipated a little bit this afternoon especially in parts of northeast Minnesota. 

The other weather story today was the backdoor cold front which was moving NE-SW through the area.  Gusty northeast winds developed as this front moved through with temperatures near Lake Superior dropping from the mid 70s and low 80s into the 60s, while farther inland highs ranged from the upper 70s to lower 80s today.

RAP model analysis at 5 PM today has a mid/upper level low over lower Michigan with an upper level ridge across the northern Rockies and an upper level trough over the Pacific northwest.  Temperatures underneath the ridge climbed well into the 90s to around 100 degrees today over parts of Montana.

Tonight and Saturday:  Low clouds and fog will likely expand in coverage as humid northeast winds blow off Lake Superior, the fog could become dense in some parts of the area later tonight.  The low clouds and fog should dissipate between mid morning and mid afternoon Saturday with generally mostly sunny skies expected for most of the afternoon.  Lows tonight will range from the lower 50s to lower 60s with highs Saturday in the middle 60s to middle 80s, coolest temperatures near Lake Superior.

As for the smoke, not much improvement is expected through the weekend with periods of smoke, thick at times forecast to linger across the Northland.

Long Range (Sunday through Tuesday, August 19-21)

A cold front approaches from the NW which will increase the chance for some rain and a few thunderstorms especially over western-northwest sections of the area on Sunday.  Scattered showers are then forecast to spread farther south/east, reaching northeast and eastern Minnesota and eventually northwest Wisconsin during the Sunday evening or Monday morning time frame.  Some rain showers could linger most of the day Monday with scattered showers even possible on Tuesday.  Highs Sunday will still be on the mild side ranging from the mid 70s to low 80s but it does look a bit cooler on Monday with highs ranging from around 60 to the lower 70s.

Duluth, Minnesota Climate Normals for August 18

High:  74
Low:   55

Sunrise Saturday:  6:10 AM CDT
Sunset Saturday:   8:14 PM CDT

Tim


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Wildfire smoke returns! Air Quality Alert for northern Minnesota through 12 PM Sunday. 80s in Duluth Friday, falling to the 60s later in the day as gusty NE winds develop (Isolated showers possible near Lake Superior Fri PM) Rain chance Sun-Mon

/Issued 5:57 PM CDT, Thursday, August 16, 2018/

Source:  https://www.pca.state.mn.us

Air Quality Alert in effect through Noon Sunday, August 19 for northern Minnesota due to wildfire smoke and fine particle pollution (Orange area on map)

More information at this link https://www.pca.state.mn.us/featured/air-quality-alert-thursday-august-16-sunday-august-19




















Source:  http://weather.cod.edu

The plume of thick wildfire smoke which covered western-central Canada Wednesday has moved farther south/east today and is now covering parts of northern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota and is moving slowly south/east.












Source:  http://weather.cod.edu

18z NAM-Nest model

















Source:  https://www.spc.noaa.gov

12z HRW-NMMB model

















Source:  http://weather.cod.edu

Goes-16 visible satellite loop and radar imagery for Thursday, August 16, 2018 (Loop time 11:37 AM to 4:07 PM)

A rather strong mid/upper level area of low pressure continues to move slowly toward the east today, with the center of that circulation over northwest Iowa late this Thursday afternoon.  Showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall have been occurring today near this system across southern Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois into central Wisconsin.












Source:  http://weather.cod.edu

Here's how today's system looks on Goes-16 water vapor satellite imagery, impressive!  Loop time:  8:07 AM to 4:07 PM, Thursday, August 16, 2018.












Source:  http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

Latest drought monitor shows more of Minnesota in abnormally dry conditions this week (41% this week vs. 18% last week in the abnormally dry category)

Moderate drought covers parts of northwest Minnesota, the area has increased from 3% last week to 7% this week.

The main reason behind this is the lack of consistent rainfall.  Typically during the summer will need on average about 1 inch of rain per week to avoid drought conditions, we just haven't been seeing that over most of Minnesota over the past several weeks.
















Source:  http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

Meanwhile in Wisconsin, abnormally dry conditions now cover 42% of the state, up from 37% last week, while moderate drought covers 3% of the state this week.

















Source:  https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov















Source:  https://weathermodels.com

12z European Computer Model 8.16.2018

A few warm days ahead of us, but a pattern change occurs early next week which will drop our temperatures below average, especially the high temps for next Monday and Tuesday, but this cool down much like we've seen recently won't last very long as warmer temperatures look to return once again by mid to late next week.  It is still summer after all. 

Greatest departures from average for early next week are forecast to be over parts of the northern Rockies into the western high Plains and central Plains with some areas as much as 15 below degrees average for late August!
















Weather Synopsis

Skies were generally partly cloudy to mostly sunny today after the low clouds and fog burned off this morning.  Warm daytime highs ranging from the upper 70s to middle 80s.

Lows tonight under partly cloudy skies will range from the lower 50s to lower 60s with some patchy fog possible late.

Warm temperatures should continue through the weekend with highs Friday mainly in the 80s with 70s and 80s for Saturday and Sunday.

A cold front moves through the area Friday with a wind shift to the NE occurring once that boundary moves through, much cooler temperatures will move down Lake Superior on gusty NE winds Friday afternoon, and there could also be some low clouds/fog late Friday afternoon through Saturday morning especially near Lake Superior.

Wildfire smoke is also expected to become thicker over parts of the Northland tonight and Friday as a plume of thick smoke settles south/east out of northwestern Minnesota.  Smoke could linger through the weekend.

Still looks like we could get some rain in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin from Sunday through Tuesday morning.  Some thunderstorms are also possible especially Sunday or Sunday night.

Duluth, Minnesota Climate Normals for August 17

High:  74
Low:   55

Sunrise Friday:  6:09 AM CDT
Sunset Friday:   8:16 PM CDT

Tim


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Low clouds and fog tonight-Thursday morning. Highs Thursday in the 70s and 80s. Gusty NE wind develops near Lake Superior Fri PM (Temps fall from the 80s to the 60s) Rain possible Sun-Mon, Aug 19-20

/Issued 5:06 PM CDT, Wednesday, August 15, 2018/

Source:  https://www.tropicaltidbits.com

18z 3km NAM















Source:  http://weather.cod.edu

Goes-16 visible satellite loop for Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (Loop time:  9:42 AM to 5:32 PM)

East wind/humid flow off Lake Superior has produced periods of low clouds today over the southwest shore of Lake Superior.  Low clouds were widespread this morning, dissipated a bit this afternoon, but are now becoming more widespread again late this afternoon.  Farther inland in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin skies were generally sunny this afternoon.












Source:  http://weather.cod.edu

Quite a bit of weather showing up on Goes-16 visible satellite imagery late this Wednesday afternoon, August 15, 2018.












Source:  http://weather.cod.edu

This just looks awful! Can't imagine what it looks like and how bad the smoke smell is for our Canadian neighbors today, wow!  Wouldn't surprise me if at least some of this thick wildfire smoke moves south of the border into parts of the northern Plains and upper Midwest over the next few days, hopefully not as bad as what is occurring today in western/central Canada.












Source:  http://weather.cod.edu

18z NAM Nest model 8.15.2018















I'm keeping an eye on a system which could bring widespread rainfall to much of the Northland during the Sunday-Monday time frame, August 19-20.  Timing and the track of this system could change a bit during the next few days, but based on today's model runs, rain would spread into western portions of the Northland Sunday morning, spreading farther east Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening.  Rain would then taper off from west to east on Monday.















Source:  https://www.tropicaltidbits.com

12z GEFS model 8.15.2018.

Precipitation Anomaly Forecast, 7-day increments valid August 22 through 31, 2018.

Green=Above average precipitation

Long range models have been trending toward a wetter pattern developing across the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes for late this month.  By the way, rainfall so far this month at Duluth, Minnesota has been running slightly below average, but our last measurable rain of 0.01 inch or greater accumulation was over 10 days ago on August 4 (Rainfall of 1.21 inch)














Weather Synopsis

About the only real weather concern for the next few days will be low clouds and fog.  

Will stay dry through Saturday with warm afternoon temperatures.  Highs Thursday, Friday and Saturday will range from the middle 70s to middle 80s.  The exception to this will be near Lake Superior especially Friday afternoon when a stronger lake wind is forecast to develop per model guidance, which if it does develop would drop temperatures from around 80 F to the 60s Friday afternoon.

As for the low clouds and fog, the pattern is quite favorable for low clouds and fog during the nighttime/morning hours through Saturday, the low clouds should dissipate each afternoon but if they stick around into the afternoon, then high temps would end up a little cooler.

Rain chances increase for Sunday and Monday as a more organized low pressure system approaches from the west while a cold front approaches from the northwest.  Might get some thunderstorms as well Sunday or Sunday night.

Duluth, Minnesota Climate Normals for August 16

High:  75
Low:   55

Sunrise Thursday:  6:08 AM CDT
Sunset Thursday:   8:17 PM CDT

Tim








Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Slightly cooler Wednesday (NE wind) Warmth returns Thursday-Sunday, highs in the 80s (Cooler at times near Lake Superior) Record warm low temperature set at Duluth, Minn on Monday (Aug 13)

/Issued 5:37 PM CDT, Tuesday, August 14, 2018/

Source:  http://weather.cod.edu

18z NAM-Nest model
















Source:  http://weather.cod.edu

Goes-16 visible satellite loop for Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (Loop time:  10:52 AM to 4:37 PM)  Scattered showers and thunderstorms developed this afternoon near a cold front which was over east central Minnesota into north central Wisconsin.  Heavy downpours and lightning have been the main the main threats from these storms today, but there was a report of a Funnel Cloud in Downtown Cambridge, Minnesota around 2:30 PM today.












Source:  https://weathermodels.com

12z European Ensemble model (EPS) 8.14.2018

Note:  Normal highs for the Northland in mid August are mainly in the mid 70s, normal lows are in the low to mid 50s.
















Source:  https://www.tropicaltidbits.com

12z GEFS model 8.14.2018

Quite a bit of model disagreement showing up as we head into the final week of August, shown below is the GEFS temperature anomaly forecast per Tuesday's 12z run -- Below average temps covering the northern Plains and upper Midwest.














Source:  https://weathermodels.com

12z European Ensemble model (EPS) 8.14.2018

Meanwhile Tuesday's 12z EPS run shows above average temps for late month across the northern Plains and upper Midwest.

Looking at the respective 500mb patterns shows more of a zonal or west to east flow per EPS model while the GEFS has a slightly more amplified upper level pattern with upper level winds more out of the NW leading to below average temps late this month.  Stay tuned!
















Climate Data for August 13, 2018

Duluth, Minnesota

Record warm low temperature for August 13 with a low on Monday of 69 degrees.  The previous record warm low for August 13 was 68 degrees set in 2015.

3rd warmest high on record for August 13 with a high on Monday of 89 degrees.  The record high for August 13 is 91 degrees set in 1970.

Brainerd, Minnesota

2nd warmest high on record for August 13 with a high on Monday of 92 degrees.  The record high for August 13 is 93 degrees set in 1965.

2nd warmest low on record for August 13 with a low on Monday of 68 degrees, this ties with 1978 for 2nd warmest low on record for August 13.  Record warmest low for August 13 is 72 degrees set in 1969.

Ashland, Wisconsin

3rd warmest high on record for August 13 with a high on Monday of 90 degrees, this ties with 2015 and 1965 for 3rd warmest high on record for August 13.  The record high for August 13 is 93 degrees set in 1947.

Hibbing, Minnesota

3rd warmest low on record for August 13 with a low on Monday of 64 degrees, this ties with 1988 for 3rd warmest low on record for August 13.  Record warmest low for August 13 is 68 degrees set in 1978.

4th warmest high on record for August 13 with a high on Monday of 87 degrees.  The record high for August 13 is 91 degrees set in 1970.

International Falls, Minnesota

5th warmest low on record for August 13 with a low on Monday of 61 degrees, this ties with 2015, 1983, 1981, 1970 and 1919 for 5th warmest low on record for August 13.  Record warm low for August 13 is 66 degrees set in 1978.

Note:  So far this year there's been 24 days with thunder at Duluth, Minnesota.  The annual average is roughly 35 thunderstorm days.

***Breaking it down by month***

April 2018:  1 day with thunder
May 2018:  5 days with thunder
June 2018:  9 days with thunder
July 2018:  7 days with thunder
August 2018:  2 days with thunder through the 14th

A few photos that I've taken over the last few days.

August 8, 2018:  Thunderstorms in northern Wisconsin, viewed from Skyline Drive in Duluth, Minnesota, looking east into Wisconsin just before sunset.
















August 8, 2018.  Duluth, Minnesota.  Thompson Hill area.


















August 8, 2018.  Just after sunset on the St. Louis River at Boy Scout Landing, Gary New Duluth, Minnesota.

















August 11, 2018.  Smoky sunset due to wildfires out west.  Near Duluth, Minnesota.
















August 13, 2018.  Smoky sunset due to wildfires out west.  Near Duluth, Minnesota.
















Weather Synopsis

Cold front has cleared the Northland this afternoon -- At 5 PM today the front extended from central Wisconsin to the Minnesota/Iowa border.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms affected some parts of the Northland today, mainly southern portions of northwest Wisconsin.  Otherwise skies were partly to mostly cloudy today with lower dew points compared to the last few days, dew points today were in the 50s to lower 60s in northeast Minnesota, but it was still humid in northwest Wisconsin with late afternoon dew points in the mid 60s to lower 70s!  Highs today were also cooler compared to the last few days with highs in the 70s today with a few locations in northwest Wisconsin near 80 degrees or into the lower 80s.  Certainly not a strong cold front but strong enough to drop our temperatures about 10 to 15 degrees compared to the last few days.

Not a whole lot going on in our area through Saturday.  Lingering showers and thunderstorms in parts of northwest Wisconsin late this afternoon will come to an end tonight, otherwise dry tonight with quite a range in temperatures with lows in the 40s in northern Minnesota, maybe even a few 30s in far northern areas, much warmer farther south/east with lows in the mid 50s to low 60s near Lake Superior, northwest Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.

Highs Wednesday will range from the 60s near Lake Superior due to a stronger northeast wind while farther inland highs get into the 70s.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday will feature daytime highs mainly in the 80s in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, however, a lake breeze is possible on Friday which would keep it cooler near Lake Superior.

Note:  Our only real weather concern Thursday, Friday and Saturday could be the development of some fog during the nighttime hours which could linger into the morning hours.

Our next chance for some rain comes Sunday-Monday (August 19-20) Doesn't look like anything too significant per today's model runs, but things could change during the next few days.

Duluth, Minnesota Climate Normals for August 15

High:  75
Low:   55

Sunrise Wednesday:  6:06 AM CDT
Sunset Wednesday:   8:19 PM CDT

Tim