Saturday, March 14, 2015

March 14, 2015 Weather Report - Record warmth expected in the Northern Plains, Upper Midwest, and the Northland on Sunday, some parts of South Dakota could be in the 80s; Shower potential on Monday

/Issued 7:43 PM CDT, Saturday, March 14, 2015/

850mb temperature forecast for Sunday per 18z NAM/WRF model.  Pretty crazy to see +12 to +14C H85 temps this far north in March, but that is what is predicted for Sunday.  This should lead to widespread 60+ degree high temperatures in the Northland...Only cool spot will be along the North Shore of Lake Superior.  I think Downtown Duluth and Superior will also get fairly warm on Sunday, although there is a chance for a lake breeze especially before Noon.  Source, college of dupage website.


-The record high temperature for March 15th at Duluth, Minnesota is 60 degrees which was set in 2010.

-The record high temperature for March 15th at International Falls, Minnesota is 57 degrees which was set in 2012.

I think both locations could tie or break their record high temperature on Sunday.

Weather Summary for March 14, 2015
Location:  Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Another wonderful mid March day.  High temperatures were generally in the 50s with 40s in extreme Northeast Minnesota.  Partly sunny to sunny skies were common and winds were out of the north or west at 10 to around 20 mph.  Early Evening weather map features high pressure of 1024mb in Western Iowa with low pressure of 1006mb over Southeast Ontario.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Tonight (March 14)

High pressure will pass south/southeast of the area Tonight.  Mostly clear skies are forecast with lows in the 30s to lower 40s with 20s in far Northeast Minnesota.  Winds will be out of the south or east at 5 to 15 mph.

Sunday and Sunday Night (March 15)

An unseasonably warm airmass will move over the region on Sunday with 850mb temperatures of +10 to +14C while 500mb heights range from 564-570 meters -- High temperatures on Sunday should reach the 50s and 60s with even an outside shot for a 70 degree temperature around the Brainerd Lakes region.  It will be cooler though along the North Shore of Lake Superior with temperatures holding in the 40s.  Lows Sunday Night will be 30s and 40s.  Winds on Sunday will be out of the south or southwest at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts possible.  Winds Sunday Night will be out of the north or west at 10 to 15 mph.

Will have partly to mostly sunny skies on Sunday and a partly to mostly cloudy sky Sunday Night.  A cold front will pass through the area Sunday Night but this front should come through on the dry side.

Extended Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Monday through Wednesday (March 16-18)

There could be some showers over parts of the Northland on Monday otherwise the early-midweek time frame looks pretty dry, and it will also turn cooler.  Highs on Monday will be in the 40s with 50s in far Southern areas and 30s in far Northern areas.  Lows Monday Night will be in the 20s.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the 30s with lows Tuesday Night in the teens and 20s.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the 30s and 40s.

Long Range Forecast - Confidence:  High.

(March 19-24)

Near to below average temperatures are expected from the 19th-24th.  Still no signs of any big storm that would affect the Northland during the long range.


.Tonight...  Fair.  Low 30 to 35.  Wind southeast around 10 mph.

.Sunday...  Breezy and unseasonably warm.  Record or near record high temperature possible.  High 61 to 66 but it could be cooler closer to Lake Superior especially through mid Afternoon.  Partly to mostly sunny.  Wind south to southwest at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts.

.Sunday Night...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 39 to 44.  Wind west at 10 to 20 mph.

.Monday...  Cooler.  Showers possible.  Considerable cloudiness.  High 48 to 53 with slowly falling temperatures.

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

.Tuesday...  Partly cloudy.  High 35 to 40.

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

.Wednesday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 38 to 43.

Normal temperatures for Sunday

High:  34
Low:  17

Sunrise Sunday:  7:22 AM CDT
Sunset Sunday:   7:14 PM CDT