Monday, March 28, 2011

3/28/11: Monday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:29 PM CDT, Monday, March 28th, 2011

Weather Tidbits:

*Sunday's (March 27th) low temperature of 1 above zero at Duluth, Minnesota was the coldest minimum temperature since March 2nd when the mercury dropped to -11 degrees.

*2011 is off to a dry start at Duluth, Minnesota.  March will likely go down as the 3rd consecutive month of 2011 with below average precipitation and snowfall.

*Since January 1st, 2.24" of precipitation has fallen at Duluth, Minnesota which is 1.16" below average.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Sunny skies with near normal temperatures were found in our area Today with highs in the 30s along with light winds under 12 mph.  Surface map as of 4 PM featured a ridge of high pressure averaging 1026-1030mb from Central Canada through the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes with a 1008mb area of low pressure centered in Southwest South Dakota.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

An active jet stream carrying multiple low pressure systems extends from the North and Central Pacific through the Central Rockies to the Mid-Atlantic states while a blocking pattern remained in place across the Upper Midwest, Central-Eastern Canada along with a northwest 500mb flow.

Tonight through Tuesday Night:

High pressure will remain in control of our weather.  Clear to partly cloudy skies will continue during this period with lows Tonight and Tuesday Night in the single digits and teens, but some subzero temperatures are likely especially Tonight in the traditional cold spots.  Highs Tomorrow will be in the 30s and 40s.  Variable winds will continue under 15 mph through Tuesday Night.

Extended Forecast:

Dry and quiet weather will continue Wednesday and Wednesday Night with highs in the 30s and 40s with lows in the 20s.  Could see some showers of snow and or rain for Thursday and Friday, but no significant amounts of precipitation are expected at this time.  Highs on Thursday will be in the 30s to around 40 with lows Thursday Night generally in the 20s.  Might see another minor rain or snow event in parts of Northern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin sometime during the Sunday-Monday time frame (April 3rd-4th)

5 Day Forecast for Duluth/Superior

.Tonight...  Mostly clear.  Low 5 to 10.  Wind variable under 12 mph.

.Tuesday...  Mostly sunny.  High 36 to 41.  Wind variable around 12 mph.

.Tuesday Night...  Mostly clear.  Low 15 to 20.  Wind variable around 12 mph.

.Wednesday...  Partly cloudy.  High 40 to 45.

.Wednesday Night...  Partly cloudy.  Low 20 to 25.

.Thursday...  Becoming mostly cloudy.  High 38 to 43.

.Thursday Night...  Mostly cloudy.  Low 28 to 32.

.Friday...  Mostly cloudy.  High 40 to 45.

Normal temperatures for Today

High:  39
Low:  21

Sunrise Tomorrow:  6:54 AM CDT
Sunset Tomorrow:   7:34 PM CDT

Tim