Issued at 4:10 PM CDT, Saturday, June 11th, 2011
-Near to below average temperatures into the middle of next week
-Dry weather into Sunday Night
-Scattered shower threat returns on Monday and lingers thru most of next week
Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin
High pressure of 1016mb covered the Upper Midwest with Friday's system now off to our east. Pockets of light rain and drizzle did occur at times Today in the Arrowhead of Minnesota, otherwise skies were partly to mostly cloudy Today. Highs were in the upper 50s in Downtown Duluth with widespread 60s elsewhere with even a 70 degree temperature reported at International Falls and Brainerd, Minnesota late This Afternoon. Winds Today were variable in direction under 15 mph.
Today's Upper Level Analysis:
500mb low and upper level trough was moving east across the Upper Great Lakes and Ontario Province per water vapor satellite imagery. Behind this system a west-southwest H5 flow was occurring as the next upper level trough digs southeast from the Pacific Northwest.
High pressure will cover the Upper Midwest with clear to partly cloudy skies found in our area. Lows will mainly be in the 40s, but some 30s are possible in the traditional cold spots and a patch or two of frost is even possible Overnight in Northeast Minnesota, away from Lake Superior. Winds Tonight will be variable in direction at 12 mph or less.
Sunday and Sunday Night:
Area of high pressure will exit to our north/east during this period. Partly cloudy to sunny skies are expected on Sunday with highs in the 60s and 70s. Sunday Night will feature partly to mostly cloudy skies with lows in the 40s to lower 50s. South or east winds are forecast under 15 mph.
A stationary front will extend from the Western High Plains toward the Central Plains region while a couple systems pass through the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. The best combination of warm air, instability, and moisture is forecast to remain well to our west-south for next week and this should preclude any vigorous thunderstorm development in Northern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin. Our local area can expect to see some rain showers from time to time from next Monday through Thursday, June 13th-16th with perhaps an isolated thunderstorm during the Afternoon or Evening hours. High temperatures for Monday and Tuesday will be in the 60s and 70s with 50s near Lake Superior. Lows Monday Night and Tuesday Night will be in the 40s and 50s.
5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH/SUPERIOR
.Tonight... Mostly clear. Low 40 to 45. Wind variable under 12 mph.
.Sunday... Partly cloudy. High 67 to 72 but cooler near Lake Superior. Wind south to southeast at 5 to 15 mph.
.Sunday Night... Partly cloudy. Low 43 to 48. Wind east to southeast at 10 to 15 mph.
.Monday... Partly sunny. High 65 to 70 but cooler near Lake Superior.
.Monday Night... Mostly cloudy. Showers possible. Low 46 to 51. Chance of rain 30%.
.Tuesday... Partly sunny. Showers possible. High 63 to 68 but cooler near Lake Superior. Chance of rain 30%.
.Tuesday Night... Mostly cloudy. Showers possible. Low 48 to 53. Chance of rain 30%.
.Wednesday... Mostly cloudy. Showers possible. High 60 to 65 but cooler near Lake Superior. Chance of rain 30%.
Normal temperatures for Today
High: 70 degrees
Low: 47 degrees
Sunday's Pollen Forecast:
Sunrise Tomorrow: 5:14 AM CDT
Sunset Tomorrow: 9:03 PM CDT