Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March 11, 2015 Weather Report - Cooler near Lake Superior on Thursday, warm elsewhere; Warmth returns near Lake Superior on Friday-Saturday; Some parts of Minnesota in the 70s on Thursday!

/Issued 5:18 PM CDT, Wednesday, March 11, 2015/

Check out these high temperatures that are forecast for Thursday.  60s and 70s across much of Western, Central, and Southern Minnesota.  Incredible for March 11th!  It will be much cooler though near Lake Superior as east winds occur closer to the lake.  Source, 18z RGEM;

High temperature map for March 10, 2015.  Source, Midwest Regional Climate Center.  High temperatures 20-30+ degrees above average on Tuesday.

High temperature report for March 10, 2015
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, MN

Duluth, MN:  58F
International Falls, MN:  47F
Brainerd, MN:  56F
Grand Marais, MN:  57F
Hibbing, MN:  53F
Ashland, WI:  61F
Hayward, WI:  61F
Sky Harbor Airport, MN:  57F
Two Harbors, MN:  63F
Silver Bay, MN:  61F
Ely, MN:  52F
Cook, MN:  52F
Eveleth, MN:  52F
Bigfork, MN:  54F
Grand Rapids, MN:  52F
Pine River, MN:  54F
Aitkin, MN:  61F
Moose Lake, MN:  61F
Hinckley, MN:  61F
Cloquet, MN:  57F
Superior, WI:  62F
Solon Springs, WI:  61F
Siren, WI:  63F
7 NW of Brainerd, MN:  64F
Duluth, MN (NWS)  57F
Floodwood, MN:  56F
Grand Portage, MN:  58F
Hurley, WI:  61F
Park Falls, WI:  58F
Gordon, WI:  60F
4 W of Clam Lake, WI:  59F

Weather Tidbits:

*2nd warmest low temperature tied on March 10, 2015 at Duluth, Minnesota.  The low temperature yesterday was 34 degrees - tying with 2010 and 1977 for 2nd warmest minimum temperature ever recorded on March 10.  Note:  Duluth weather records date back to 1874!  The warmest low temperature for March 10 is 37 degrees which was set in 1878.

*Today marks the 6th consecutive day with a high temperature of at least 32 degrees at the Duluth Airport; And the 4th consecutive day with a high temperature of at least 40 degrees.  You have to go back to late October/early November of last year to find a longer streak than this current one.

*Today is the 3rd day in a row with a high temperature at or above 50 degrees at the Duluth Airport.  A longer streak of 6 days in a row with a high temp of 50+ degrees occurred way back in late October of last year (22nd-27th)

Weather Summary for March 11, 2015
Location:  Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Another wonderful March day.  High temperatures were in the 40s and 50s Today with the coolest temperatures up along the Minnesota-Ontario border.  Sky conditions varied between mostly cloudy and mostly sunny.  Winds which were light and variable to start the day gradually turned to the south/east at 5 to 15 mph.  Late Afternoon weather map features high pressure of 1030mb over Western Ontario with low pressure of 1008mb in Southern Alberta.  A stationary front was draped over the Northern half of Minnesota.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Tonight (March 11)

A frontal boundary will remain over North Central Minnesota Tonight as low pressure heads into the Northern Plains while high pressure moves into Eastern Ontario.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies will be found in our area Tonight with lows in the 20s and 30s.  Winds will be out of the east or southeast at 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday and Thursday Night (March 12)

An area of low pressure will move into the Upper Midwest during this period while high pressure tracks into Quebec.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies will occur Tomorrow and Tomorrow Night.  There is a chance for a few showers mainly in far Northern Minnesota but most of us should stay dry.  High temperatures on Thursday will range from the 30s near Lake Superior to the 40s and 50s elsewhere, a few 60s are even possible in Southern parts of the area.  Lows Thursday Night will be very mild for this time of year with lows in the 30s and 40s.  Will have east or southeast winds on Thursday at 10 to 25 mph.  Winds Thursday Night will be out of the south, east, or northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Extended Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Friday through Sunday (March 13-15)

Low pressure exits to our east on Friday.  A few rain or snow showers are possible on Friday mainly in far Northern Minnesota but again I think most of us will stay dry.  A new system approaches from the west on Sunday but once again there will be little chance for any precipitation in our area.

The big weather story will continue to be the unseasonably warm temperatures.  Highs Friday through Sunday are forecast to be in the 40s and 50s with cooler temperatures along the North Shore of Lake Superior on Friday and again on Sunday.  Note:  There's a chance for 60s on Sunday in Western and Southern portions of the Northland.

Low temperatures Friday Night will be in the 20s and 30s with lows Saturday Night mainly in the 30s.

Long Range Forecast - Confidence:  High.

(March 16-21)

No major storms during the long range -- In fact the 16th-21st time frame is looking pretty dry around here.  Temperatures will cool off next week but no major cold snaps are expected at this time...Instead will likely see closer to average temperatures instead of what we have seen this week.


.Tonight...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 29 to 34.  Wind east at 10 to 20 mph.

.Thursday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 45 to 50 but in the 30s near Lake Superior.  Wind east to southeast at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts possible.

.Thursday Night...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 33 to 38.  Wind east to southeast at 10 to 20 mph.

.Friday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 45 to 50.

.Friday Night...  Partly cloudy.  Low 30 to 35.

.Saturday...  Partly cloudy.  High 45 to 50.

.Saturday Night...  Mostly clear.  Low 30 to 35.

.Sunday...  Partly cloudy.  High 45 to 50 but in the 30s near Lake Superior.

Normal temperatures for Thursday

High:  33
Low:  16

Sunrise Thursday:  7:28 AM CDT
Sunset Thursday:   7:10 PM CDT