Wednesday, June 8, 2011

6/8/11: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:15 PM CDT, Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Local storm report from late Monday Afternoon, June 6th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

*6:22 PM CDT 6/6/11:  0.75" HAIL.  2 miles east-northeast of Hackensack, MN (Cass county)

*6:28 PM CDT 6/6/11:  1.25" HAIL.  8 miles northeast of Backus, MN (Cass county)

*6:35 PM CDT 6/6/11:  0.88" HAIL.  7 miles northwest of Longville, MN (Cass county)

*7:19 PM CDT 6/6/11:  1.25" HAIL.  2 miles north of Emily, MN (Crow Wing county)

*7:19 PM CDT 6/6/11:  1.25" HAIL.  2 miles northeast of Emily, MN (Crow Wing county)

*6:26 PM CDT 6/6/11:  1.75" HAIL.  4 miles southeast of Hackensack, MN (Cass county)

*7:02 PM CDT 6/6/11:  1.50" HAIL.  2 miles north of Emily, MN (Crow Wing county)

*7:05 PM CDT 6/6/11:  1.75" HAIL.  1 mile north of Emily, MN (Crow Wing county)

*6:05 PM CDT 6/6/11:  1.50" HAIL.  1 mile north-northwest of Hackensack, MN (Cass county)

Local storm report from Tuesday Morning, June 7th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

*1:10 AM CDT 6/7/11:  1.00" HAIL.  1 mile west of Cass Lake, MN (Cass county)  Hail up to quarter size covered the ground.

*1:23 AM CDT 6/7/11:  0.50" HAIL.  7 miles southeast of Grand Rapids, MN (Itasca county)

*1:50 AM CDT 6/7/11:  0.88" HAIL.  6 miles west of Grand Rapids, MN (Itasca county)

*1:42 AM CDT 6/7/11:  1.25" HAIL.  Cohasset, MN (Itasca county)  Largest hail stone was half dollar size.

*1:50 AM CDT 6/7/11:  0.75" HAIL.  Grand Rapids, MN (Itasca county)

*1:55 AM CDT 6/7/11:  1.00" HAIL.  Grand Rapids, MN (Itasca county)  Hail lasted 5-10 minutes.

*2:55 AM CDT 6/7/11:  1.00" HAIL.  6 miles north-northwest of Duluth, MN (St. Louis county)  Largest hail stone was quarter size.  Hail lasted for 5 minutes.

*4:21 AM CDT 6/7/11:  0.88" HAIL.  Bigfork, MN (Itasca county)  Between dime and quarter size hail.

*7:15 AM CDT 6/7/11:  0.50" HAIL.  Nett Lake, MN (St. Louis county)

Rainfall report for Monday, June 6th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

Ashland, WI:  0.30"
Cass Lake, MN:  0.30"
Pokegema Dam, MN:  1.25"
4 miles east of Island Lake, MN:  1.06"
Washburn, WI:  1.33" recorded at the Highway Department

High temperature report for Monday, June 6th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

Duluth, MN:  83 degrees
International Falls, MN:  81 degrees
Brainerd, MN:  90 degrees
Hibbing, MN:  86 degrees
Hayward, WI:  88 degrees
Bigfork, MN:  88 degrees
Grand Rapids, MN:  86 degrees
Aitkin, MN:  88 degrees
Siren, WI:  89 degrees
Cass Lake, MN:  89 degrees
Cook, MN:  86 degrees
Floodwood, MN:  88 degrees
2 miles south of Tower, MN:  85 degrees
Butternut, WI:  87 degrees
Gordon, WI:  89 degrees
Winter, WI:  86 degrees

High temperature report for Tuesday, June 7th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

Brainerd, MN:  98 degrees
Hayward, WI:  94 degrees
Longville, MN:  88 degrees
Pine River, MN:  95 degrees
Aitkin, MN:  91 degrees
Hinckley, MN:  97 degrees
Siren, WI:  99 degrees
Phillips, WI:  93 degrees
Butternut, WI:  92 degrees
Upson, WI:  92 degrees
4 miles west of Clam Lake, WI:  91 degrees
Gordon, WI:  97 degrees
Solon Springs, WI:  94 degrees

*RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE REPORT FROM MONDAY AND TUESDAY* 
Source:  NWS Chanhassen, MN.

Monday, June 6th, 2011:

Twin Cities, MN:  New record:  97 degrees.  Previous record:  95 degrees set in 1987 and 1979.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011:

Eau Claire, WI:  New record:  100 degrees.  Previous record:  95 degrees set in 1987.
St. Cloud, MN:  New record:  101 degrees.  Previous record:  96 degrees set in 2004.
Minneapolis, MN:  New record:  103 degrees.  Previous record:  95 degrees set in 2004.

Weather tidbits:
Source:  NWS Chanhassen, MN.

*June 7th, 2011 was the first 100+ degree temperature at Minneapolis, MN since July 31st, 2006.
*First time reaching 103 degrees at Minneapolis, MN in almost 23 years (July 31st, 1988)
*103 degree temperature on Tuesday was tied for 2nd warmest temperature in 69 years.  Only July 31st, 1988 was warmer with a temperature of 105 degrees.
*2nd earliest 100 degree temperature on record.  May 31st, 1934 holds the number one spot.
*Fell one degree short of an all-time June record which was 104 degrees set on June 27th, 1934.

Note:  83 degree high temperature at Duluth, Minnesota on Monday, June 6th, 2011 was our 1st time above 80 in 2011 and also the first 80 degree maximum temperature since August 31st, 2010.

Weather history:

On this date in 2000:  A record high temperature of 88 degrees occurred at Duluth, MN.

WEATHER HEADLINES:

-Cooler than average temperatures thru Saturday
-Brief sprinkles or light showers early This Evening
-Easterly wind returns Tomorrow and lasts for several days
-Some rain possible Friday or Saturday?

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Low pressure and cold front has exited to our south/east Today with high pressure building into the Upper Midwest from the Northern Rockies.  Sunshine was most abundant in Northwest Wisconsin Today where high temperatures reached the 70s and 80s.  Partial sunshine, but quite a bit of cloudiness covered the remainder of our area with cooler highs in the 50s and 60s.  There was even a narrow line of light rain showers pushing S-SE out of the Iron Range This Afternoon as a secondary push of cooler air moves in.  Winds Today were out of the north or west at 5-15 mph with some higher gusts.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

Southwest 500mb flow continued across the Upper Midwest per water vapor satellite imagery.  Tuesday's storm which was moving across the Upper Midwest was generating powerful thunderstorms Today across portions of Southeast Canada and the Eastcentral Great Lakes.  Cold air advection was in full swing Today behind this system and the massive early season heat wave which has been in place during the past few days will be squashed to the south in coming days.  850mb temperatures as of 4PM Today ranged from +4 degrees C in Northern Minnesota to +20 degrees C in Central Wisconsin to +32 degrees C in portions of the Southwest U.S.

Tonight:

Light sprinkles of brief light showers will continue moving south-southeast across Eastern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin early This Evening.  Dry weather will occur from mid-Evening through the Overnight hours with partly to mostly cloudy skies.  Lows will be in the 40s with some 30s in the typical cold spots.  North, west, or east winds are expected under 20 mph.

Thursday and Thursday Night:

High pressure will be in control of our weather during this period.  Mostly sunny skies forecast for Thursday with highs in the 50s and 60s.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies for Thursday Night with lows mainly in the 40s.  Easterly breezes will be common Tomorrow and Tomorrow Night under 20 mph.

Extended Forecast:

Low pressure will move E-NE across the Central Plains and Southern Great Lakes from Friday into early Saturday while high pressure remains off to our northwest and north.  The combination of the Plains system plus an upper level trough moving east out of the Northern Plains could result in some light rain and drizzle for portions of Northern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin for Friday and Saturday, June 10th-11th.  Otherwise a cool breeze from the east will occur on Friday and possibly on Saturday as well.  Highs will be in the 50s on Friday with a few 60s possible mainly in far Northern Minnesota.  Locations near Lake Superior could stay in the 40s all day.  Lows Friday Night will be in the 40s.  Highs on Saturday will be in the 50s and 60s with lows Saturday Night generally in the 40s.

Looks like it will dry out Saturday Night into Sunday, then Sunday Night into next week could be unsettled at times with some shower chances as a W-NW 500mb flow develops and brings a couple of disturbances down our way.

5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH/SUPERIOR

.Tonight...  A few sprinkles possible early.  Considerable cloudiness.  Low 40 to 45.  Wind north to northwest at 10 to 20 mph, becoming northeast.

.Thursday...  Breezy.  Partly cloudy.  High 57 to 62 but cooler near Lake Superior.  Wind east to northeast at 10 to 20 mph with a few higher gusts.

.Thursday Night...  Partly cloudy.  Low 40 to 45.  Wind east to northeast at 10 to 15 mph.

.Friday...  Becoming mostly cloudy.  Breezy.  High 52 to 57 but cooler near Lake Superior.

.Friday Night...  Occasional light rain or drizzle possible.  Mostly cloudy.  Low 40 to 45.

.Saturday...  Light rain or drizzle possible during the Morning.  Considerable cloudiness.  High 55 to 60.

.Saturday Night...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 40 to 45.

.Sunday...  Partly sunny.  High 60 to 65.

Normal temperatures for Today

High:  70 degrees
Low:  47 degrees

Thursday's Pollen Forecast:

Tree:    Low
Grass:  Low
Weed:  None

Sunrise Tomorrow:  5:15 AM CDT
Sunset Tomorrow:   9:01 PM CDT

Tim