Monday, April 25, 2016

April 25, 2016 Weather Report - Severe weather outbreak possible on Tuesday across the Central Plains. 2 tornadoes in far southern Minnesota Sunday evening. 1-3" of rain in parts of the Northland since Saturday evening

/Issued 6:11 PM CDT, Monday, April 25, 2016/

Could be a big day on Tuesday for severe weather and tornadoes from southern Nebraska to central Kansas to central Oklahoma -- Here's one model's take on how things could 'play out' Tuesday afternoon/evening.  Source, 12z WRF-NMMB model from

Supercell (rotating thunderstorms) late Tuesday afternoon extending from far southern Nebraska to central Oklahoma.

A dangerous outbreak of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes including the potential for strong and long tracked tornadoes is possible on Tuesday, April 26 in the central Plains.  Below is the severe weather outlook for Tuesday per WSI; Storm Prediction Center.

Another day featuring a 40-45 degree temperature difference.  70s in southern Wisconsin vs. mid 30s in Duluth, Minnesota.

24-hour precipitation map ending the morning of April 25, 2016.  Source, Midwest Regional Climate Center.

1-3"+ rain amounts along and south of Highway 2 in northeast Minnesota with generally a half inch or less from the Iron Range on north.  Rain totals in most of northwest Wisconsin thru this morning have been in the 1-3" range.

48-hour lightning map ending at 5:30 PM CDT April 25, 2016.  Quite active on Sunday and Monday morning in parts of central and southern Minnesota east into parts of Wisconsin.  Note:  Lightning strikes are shown as red, orange and yellow colors on this map.

2 preliminary tornado reports Sunday evening, April 24, 2016 in far southern Minnesota.  Source, National Weather Service Chanhassen, MN; Storm Prediction Center.

*7:31 PM CDT:  Tornado -- 1 S of Delavan, MN (Faribault County)
*7:45 PM CDT:  Tornado -- Bricelyn, MN (Faribault County)

U.S. storm reports map for April 24, 2016.

Red dots=Tornado
Green dots=Large hail (1.00" or greater in diameter)
Blue dots=Damaging wind (58 mph or stronger)

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

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

A few pictures I took of the big waves on Lake Superior in the Brighton Beach area from April 25, 2016.  Enjoy!

*Local Storm Reports for April 24, 2016*
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

*4:00 PM CDT 4/24/16:  NON-THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  2 ESE of Arnold, MN (St. Louis County)  Healthy 8" diameter tree snapped 8 feet up.

*5:00 PM CDT 4/24/16:  NON-THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  1 N of Hermantown, MN (St. Louis County)  8" diameter tree broken off 30 feet up.

*Highest wind reports over the past 24 hours ending at Noon CDT April 25, 2016*

Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

1 N of Knife River, MN:  49 mph
The Bay of Grand Marais, MN:  49 mph
12 NE of Sand Bay, WI:  48 mph
Duluth Airport:  47 mph
Sky Harbor Airport:  47 mph
French River, MN:  45 mph
Two Harbors, MN:  45 mph
Cloquet, MN:  43 mph
1 NE of Duluth, MN:  40 mph
Superior Airport:  39 mph

*Rainfall reports over the past 48 hours*
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth

Note:  Totals listed below are thru around Midnight last night.

Kettle River, MN:  3.73"
4 S of Saint Mathias, MN:  3.45"
1 SW of Hinckley, MN:  2.10"
2 E of Butternut, WI:  2.80"

2 W of Yellowlake, WI:  2.05"
7 W of Couderay, WI:  2.76"
Jacobson, MN:  1.37"
Scanlon, MN:  1.16"

1 ESE of Esko, MN:  1.40"
1 SE of Moose Lake, MN:  2.02"
East Gull Lake, MN:  3.32"
1 SW of Breezy Point, MN:  2.04"

1 WSW of Willow River, MN:  1.99"
Floodwood, MN:  1.43"
Brookston, MN:  1.91"
Glidden, WI:  1.43"

11 SSE of Brule, WI:  2.38"
Danbury, WI:  2.04"
2 ENE of Oliver, WI:  1.33"
3 ENE of South Range, WI:  1.56"

1 NNW of Superior, WI:  1.90"
10 WSW of Fifield, WI:  1.35"
Hayward, WI:  2.52"
7 WNW of Minong, WI:  2.09"

Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date:  April 25, 2016

A windy, raw and wet day in most of the Northland as low pressure moved into southern Wisconsin.  High temperatures were only in the 30s and 40s with east or northeast winds at 10 to 20 mph with gusts from 25 to 45 mph continuing around Lake Superior where some scattered tree damage and power outages have occurred since late Sunday afternoon in and around the Duluth area.  Temperatures aloft have cooled enough in parts of far northeast Minnesota to cause the rain to mix with snow this afternoon mainly from Silver Bay to Grand Marais and along the Higher Terrain adjacent to Lake Superior.

Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Tonight (April 25)

Low pressure will move over the southern Great Lakes while a lingering trough remains over the Upper Midwest.  Mostly cloudy skies with lingering areas of light rain, drizzle and some wet snow tonight in parts of the Northland with low temperatures generally in the 30s.  Winds remain out of the east or northeast at 10 to 20 mph with gusts over 30 mph near Lake Superior.

Tuesday and Tuesday night (April 26)

High pressure will be centered over central Canada while the next area of low pressure heads northeast out of the central Rockies to the western High Plains -- Partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies are forecast tomorrow with highs in the 40s and 50s with 30s closer to Lake Superior.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies Tuesday night with lows mainly in the 30s.  Winds will be out of the east or northeast at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts near Lake Superior.

Extended Forecast - Confidence:  High.

Wednesday through Friday (April 27-29)

Mid to late week will feature strong high pressure to our north while low pressure moves slowly east out of the central Plains, rain associated with that low should remain south of the Northland on Wednesday and Thursday.

High temperatures on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are expected to be in the 40s and 50s with cooler temperatures each day near Lake Superior.  Low temperatures Wednesday night and Thursday night will be in the 30s.

Long Range Forecast - Confidence:  Medium to High.

(April 30-May 5)

There will be another low pressure system across the central Plains, Ohio Valley and into portions of the Great Lakes during the April 30-May 3 time frame -- At this time it looks like most if not all of the precipitation associated with this storm will remain south of the Northland, however, this could change if the storm track shifts north in coming days.

Below average temperatures are expected in the Northland during the long range.


.Tonight...  Windy.  Areas of fog and drizzle with flurries also possible.  Low 31 to 35.  Wind east to northeast at 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

.Tuesday...  Windy.  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 38 to 43.  Wind east to northeast at 15 to 30 mph.

.Tuesday night...  Breezy.  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 30 to 35.  Wind east to northeast at 15 to 25 mph.

.Wednesday...  Breezy.  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 37 to 42.  Wind east to northeast at 15 to 25 mph.

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

.Thursday...  Partly sunny.  High 38 to 43.

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

.Friday...  Partly sunny.  High 43 to 48 but cooler near Lake Superior.

Normal temperatures for Tuesday

High:  55
Low:   34

Sunrise Tuesday:  6:01 AM CDT
Sunset Tuesday:   8:12 PM CDT