Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016 Weather Report - Nice through the weekend

/Issued 4:42 PM CDT, Wednesday, May 18, 2016/

Check out the visible satellite image from this afternoon -- Cooler water temperatures over Lake Superior and other larger inland lakes prevented fair weather cumulus clouds from forming this afternoon while away from Lake Superior and other inland lakes, scattered cumulus clouds popped up today.

Low temperature forecast for tonight.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.

High temperature forecast for Thursday.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.

*State of the climate*
Source:  NOAA

"The April temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.98 degrees above the 20th century average of 56.7 degrees.  This was the highest for April in the 1880-2016 record, surpassing the previous record set in 2010 by 0.50 degrees.  April 2016 was also the fourth highest monthly temperature departure among all months on record, behind March 2016, February 2016 and December 2015".

*April was the 12th consecutive month of record temps, longest in NOAA's 137 years of records -- Warmest April on record; 12th consecutive monthly record; 2016 is on pace to be the hottest year on record.  Source, @weatherchannel

Note:  More information can be found at the link below.

State of the Climate report:

New information on the Fort McMurray fire:

Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date:  May 18, 2016

About the only thing that has changed since yesterday is the location of the high which was now centered to the south/east of Minnesota today.  Sunny to partly cloudy skies with highs in the mid 60s to around 70 degrees with near 60 degree temperatures near the immediate Lake Superior shoreline.  Winds continued to be on the light side, generally around 12 mph or less with variable wind directions persisting today.

Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin

Confidence:  High.

Through Friday:  High pressure will remain to our east resulting in a clear or partly cloudy sky across the Northland.  Low temperatures tonight will be in the 40s but 30s are possible in the typical cold spots.  Highs Thursday will be in the 60s and 70s.  Lows Thursday night in the 40s and 50s with highs on Friday in the 60s and 70s.  Winds will be out of the south through Friday at around 5-15 mph.

Note:  Lake breezes are expected to continue near Lake Superior through Friday resulting in daytime highs in the 50s to lower 60s close to Lake Superior.

...Looking ahead...

Confidence:  Medium to High.

Dry weather continues this weekend with high temperatures getting into the 70s, possibly even the lower 80s for some of us.  Lake breezes should continue though along the North Shore of Lake Superior which will lead to cooler temperatures closer to the lake.

Low pressure and cold front will head into the Upper Midwest from Monday-Wednesday (May 23-25) Showers and thunderstorms will be possible during that time as that system moves through.