Saturday, July 2, 2011

7/2/11: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:40 PM CDT, Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

*Help is needed with clean-up in the following areas due to the severe weather from July 1st*
Source:  KSTP

Burnett County, Wisconsin
Marshall, Minnesota
Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Twin Cities, Minnesota
St. Cloud, Minnesota

Here is a list of Red Cross Shelters and help centers that have been opened in Northwest Wisconsin following Friday's severe weather.

Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

For Burnett County, WI:

Grantsburg Middle School
Blaine Township Hall

For Washburn County, WI:

Spooner Fire Hall
Chicog Fire Hall

*Storm Survey Information*
Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

A large portion of Burnett County, Wisconsin received 60-80 mph winds shortly after 7:00 PM CDT, July 1st.  All communities sustained some sort of tree damage.  Significant wind damage occurred near Gratsburg, WI.  Just west and north of Danbury, WI and near Webster, WI.  Wind speeds in these areas exceeded 100 mph!  One fatality and 39 injuries have been reported in Burnett County due to the severe weather from Friday Evening.  The line of severe thunderstorms responsible for the significant wind damage started in Eastern South Dakota Friday Afternoon and tracked through Central-Eastern Minnesota, and Northwest Wisconsin Friday Evening.  A roughly 400 mile long stretch of damage was reported with 324 reports of severe weather on July 1st with portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa receiving the bulk of the damage.

*Note:  Additional storm surveys will be done by the National Weather Service for portions of Douglas County, Wisconsin either This Evening or on Sunday.

*CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE*  4:35 PM CDT Saturday, July 2nd, 2011.
Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

911 phone disruption for Douglas County, Wisconsin.  If you have an emergency call 715-394-4432.  It is unknown when 911 will be operational again.

Weather Tidbits for Duluth, Minnesota (Airport location)

*12/17 days (June 15th-July 1st) has had at least a trace of rain
*4.80" of rain has fallen during that same period

High temperature report for Friday, July 1st, 2011.
Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

Duluth, MN:  91 degrees
Brainerd, MN:  90 degrees
Ashland, WI:  90 degrees
Hayward, WI:  94 degrees
Sky Harbor, MN:  70 degrees
Ely, MN:  88 degrees
Moose Lake, MN:  91 degrees
Hinckley, MN:  95 degrees
Cloquet, MN:  91 degrees
Siren, WI:  95 degrees
Phillips, WI:  93 degrees
Superior, WI:  72 degrees
Bruno, MN:  93 degrees
Butternut, WI:  93 degrees
Upson, WI:  92 degrees
4 miles west of Clam Lake, WI:  91 degrees
Winter, WI:  92 degrees

High temperature report for Thursday, June 30th, 2011.
Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

Brainerd, MN:  92 degrees
Ashland, WI:  87 degrees
Hayward, WI:  87 degrees
Aitkin, MN:  88 degrees
Siren, WI:  89 degrees
Solon Springs, WI:  87 degrees
Winter, WI:  85 degrees
Upson, WI:  84 degrees
3 miles west-southwest of Hinckley, MN:  88 degrees
12 miles north of Isle, MN:  88 degrees

Rainfall report for Friday, July 1st, 2011.
Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

Note:  Higher totals are in bold.

Duluth, MN:  1.25"
Brainerd, MN:  0.24"
Grand Marais, MN:  0.59"
Hibbing, MN:  0.24"
Ashland, WI:  0.44"
Hayward, WI:  0.28"
4 miles south of Bruno, MN:  2.99"
Bruno, MN:  2.46"
6 miles west of Sandstone, MN:  2.43"
Cook, MN:  0.24"
Embarrass, MN:  0.37"
Grand Portage, MN:  0.97"
2 miles south of Tower, MN:  0.30"
Madeline Island, WI:  0.68"
9 miles north of Bayfield, WI:  1.11"
4 miles west of Clam Lake, WI:  0.31"

Note:  It took nearly 5 years, but the temperature finally reached 90 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota (Airport location)  High temperature on July 1st, 2011 was 91 degrees and this marked the first time since July 31st, 2006 with a maximum temperature of at least 90 degrees.  This marks the longest stretch of days without an official 90 degree temperature in Duluth, MN weather record history, 1,795 days!

Weather History:

On this date in 1994 and previous years:  A record low temperature of 42 degrees occurred at Duluth, Minnesota.


-Very pleasant weather into Sunday
-Humidity and instability builds for Monday-early Tuesday
-Cold front may trigger some storms early next week

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Sunny to partly cloudy skies were found in our area Today with high temperatures in the 70s to lower 80s with much drier dewpoints in the 40s and 50s.  High pressure off to our west and low pressure to our east was producing a west-northwest wind in our area with wind speeds of 10-25 mph.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

A near zonal flow (west to east) covered the Upper Midwest per RUC model analysis and water vapor satellite imagery.  Friday's potent system which helped to produce the severe weather outbreak in parts of our area was moving east across Michigan, Lower Great Lakes and Eastern Canada Today.


Mainly clear skies are expected with high pressure moving into the Upper Midwest.  Patchy fog could develop late due to the recent rains.  Lows will be in the 50s, but some 40s can't be ruled out in Northern Minnesota.  Winds will be out of the west or northwest under 20 mph.

Sunday and Sunday Night:

High pressure will keep our weather tranquil during this period.  Expect partly cloudy to sunny skies on Sunday with highs in the 70s and 80s.  Clear to partly cloudy skies Sunday Night with lows in the 50s to lower 60s.  Winds will be out of the west or south under 20 mph.

Extended Forecast:

Humidity comes up a bit for Monday and early Tuesday as a cold front moves east across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest.  Southerly flow ahead of this boundary will cause dewpoints to climb into the 60s with PWS approaching 1.25-1.50".  Instability will also come up as the atmosphere becomes unstable Monday into early Tuesday, CAPE of 1000-2500 j/kg with Lifted Indices of -2 to -5 degrees C are forecasted to develop in portions of Northern-Eastern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin early next week.  Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible for Monday and Tuesday as a cold front moves through our area.  High temperatures for Monday and Tuesday will be in the 70s and 80s with lows Monday Night mainly in the 60s with lows Tuesday Night in the 50s and 60s.


.Tonight...  Clear.  Low 50 to 55.  Wind west to northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

.Sunday...  Mostly sunny.  High 77 to 82.  Wind west at 10 to 15 mph.

.Sunday Night...  Mostly clear.  Low 55 to 60.  Wind south to southwest at 5 to 15 mph.

.4th of July...  Partly cloudy.  High 78 to 83.

.Monday Night...  Variable cloudiness.  Showers or thunderstorms possible, especially late.  Low 60 to 65.  Chance of rain 30%.

.Tuesday...  Variable cloudiness.  Showers or thunderstorms possible.  High 77 to 82.  Chance of rain 30%.

.Tuesday Night...  Partly cloudy.  Low 55 to 60.

.Wednesday...  Partly cloudy.  High 73 to 78.

Normal temperatures for Today

High:  75 degrees
Low:  52 degrees

Sunday's Pollen Forecast:

Grass:  High
Tree:    Low
Weed:  None

Sunrise Tomorrow:  5:19 AM CDT
Sunset Tomorrow:   9:06 PM CDT

Note:  Duluth-Superior Harbor water temperature as of July 2nd:  61.7 degrees