Friday, April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016 Weather Report - Warm temperatures through the weekend (Cooler near Lake Superior) Scattered showers at times mainly in northern Minnesota

/Issued 8:33 PM CDT, Friday, April 15, 2016/

Rainy/stormy weather through the weekend from the western high plains, central plains and northern Plains as a deep upper level trough/low pressure system move slowly toward the east -- Most of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin should remain dry this weekend thanks to an upper level high which will remain over the Great Lakes.  Source,

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.

Saturday's high temperature forecast.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.

April 14, 2016 high temperature report
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Brainerd, MN:  80 F
Hibbing, MN:  74 F
Ashland, WI:  74 F
Hayward, WI:  73 F
Ely, MN:  72 F
Orr, MN:  75 F
Cook, MN:  75 F
Eveleth, MN:  72 F

Bigfork, MN:  75 F
Grand Rapids, MN:  77 F
Longville, MN:  81 F
Pine River, MN:  81 F
Aitkin, MN:  81 F
Moose Lake, MN:  77 F
Hinckley, MN:  75 F
Cloquet, MN:  70 F

McGregor, MN:  77 F
Walker, MN:  81 F
Siren, WI:  76 F
Solon Springs, WI:  73 F
3 E of Wright, MN:  75 F
Babbitt, MN:  71 F
Cotton, MN:  71 F
Embarrass, MN:  71 F
Floodwood, MN:  76 F
1 WSW of Saxon, WI:  71 F

Note:  High temperature of 57 degrees at the Duluth Airport on April 14th was the first 50 degree or warmer high temperature this month, and the first time above 50 degrees since March 29th (53 degrees)

Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date:  April 15, 2016

Unseasonably warm temperatures once again today with highs in the 60s and 70s along with a southerly breeze at 10 to 25 mph.  Cooler near Lake Superior with highs in the 40s and 50s today along with an east or southeast wind at 5 to 15 mph.  Sky conditions varied between partly sunny and mostly cloudy today and there's been a few showers pushing SW-NE through far western-northern portions of the area.  Early evening weather analysis had an upper level ridge covering the Great Lakes with a deep upper level trough over the Rockies -- A cold front was over the northern Plains.

Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Tonight through Saturday night (April 15-16)

A frontal boundary will move slowly toward the east and should move into western Minnesota on Saturday -- Scattered showers are possible at times through Saturday night mainly over north central Minnesota.  Isolated thunderstorms are also possible with generally weak instability in place so were not looking at any strong or severe storms but an isolated storm and occasional lightning is certainly possible in north central Minnesota.  Dry weather continues in eastern and northeast Minnesota and in northwest Wisconsin.

Low temperatures tonight will be in the 40s and 50s with 30s possible close to Lake Superior.  Highs on Saturday will be in the 60s and 70s but cooler near Lake Superior, lows Saturday night will be in the 40s and 50s.  Winds will be out of the south or east at 10 to around 20 mph.

Extended Forecast - Confidence:  Medium to High.

Sunday through Tuesday (April 17-19)

Scattered showers on Sunday as a cold front moves slowly toward the south/east across the Northland.  High pressure builds in for Monday and Tuesday which should result in generally dry weather for our area but the computer models aren't in the best of agreement for early next week as some show rain affecting parts of the Northland on Monday.

The warmest day during the extended looks to be on Sunday with highs in the 60s and 70s.  Highs on Monday will be in the 40s and 50s with 30s near Lake Superior.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the 50s and 60s with cooler temperatures near Lake Superior.

Low temperatures Sunday night will range from the 40s and 50s in eastern Minnesota and in most of northwest Wisconsin with 30s near Lake Superior and in northern Minnesota.  Lows Monday night will be in the 30s.

Long Range Forecast - Confidence:  Medium to High.

(April 20-25)

Above average temperatures should continue during the long range although it will be cooler at times near Lake Superior -- Shower chances on the 21st-22nd, and possibly again on the 24th-25th.


.Tonight...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 43 to 48 but cooler near Lake Superior.  Wind southeast at 5 to 15 mph.

.Saturday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 63 to 68 but cooler near Lake Superior.  Wind south to southeast at 10 to 20 mph.

.Saturday night...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 45 to 50.  Wind southeast at 10 to 15 mph.

.Sunday...  Partly sunny.  High 65 to 70 but cooler near Lake Superior.

.Sunday night...  Mostly cloudy.  Low 32 to 37.

.Monday...  Considerable cloudiness.  High 45 to 50 but cooler near Lake Superior.

.Monday night...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 30 to 35.

.Tuesday...  Partly sunny.  High 50 to 55 but cooler near Lake Superior.

Normal temperatures for Saturday

High:  50
Low:   30

Sunrise Saturday:  6:18 AM CDT
Sunset Saturday:   7:59 PM CDT