Friday, May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016: Shi**y weather continues Saturday; 70s Sunday; near 80 on Memorial Day. Rainfall reports from today included in this post

/Issued 5:29 PM CDT, Friday, May 27, 2016/

Upper Midwest radar loop ending at 5 PM CDT, May 27, 2016.  Source, WSI.

A steady light rainfall in Duluth and Superior late this afternoon should decrease to scattered showers after 7 PM.  Fog and drizzle will also linger in the Twin Ports through the night.

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

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

Preliminary rainfall totals for May 27, 2016 ending at around 5 PM
Source:  MesoWest

Aitkin, MN:  0.57"
Brainerd, MN:  0.28"
Longville, MN:  0.33"
Hill City, MN:  0.52"
Pine River, MN:  0.12"

Grand Rapids, MN:  0.38"
McGregor, MN:  0.32"
Moose Lake, MN:  0.20"
Hinckley, MN:  0.19"
Cloquet, MN:  0.15"

Saginaw, MN:  0.09"
Hibbing, MN:  0.26"
Skibo, MN:  0.13"
Orr, MN:  0.07"
Cook, MN:  0.08"

Isabella, MN:  0.05"
Grand Marais, MN:  0.04"
Grand Portage, MN:  0.05"
Duluth, MN:  0.12"
Superior, WI:  0.09"

Minong, WI:  0.04"
Ashland, WI:  0.03"
Hayward, WI:  0.04"
Phillips, WI:  0.02"

Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date:  May 27, 2016

A wet start to the holiday weekend.  A frontal boundary was draped from northeast Iowa to central Wisconsin with another boundary off to our north.  Near Lake Superior it was another foggy and misty day with temperatures in the 40s and 50s along with an east wind in the 10 to 20 mph range.  The remainder of the Northland had generally mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the 60s to lower 70s with an east or northeast wind at 5 to 15 mph.  Plenty of moisture has been streaming north into our area today with PWATS in the 1.20-1.50" this afternoon -- Rain has been widespread over northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin this afternoon.

Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin

Confidence:  Medium to High.

Tonight:  Fog, rain and drizzle.  Low pressure should move into Iowa tonight with a warm front extending from central Iowa to north central Wisconsin -- Occasional rain will persist over our area tonight with fog and drizzle also expected with dense fog possible mainly near Lake Superior.  Low temperatures will be in the 50s to around 60 degrees with 40s around Lake Superior.  Winds will be out of the south, north or east at 5 to 15 mph with higher gusts near Lake Superior.

Saturday:  An area of low pressure is forecast to track northeast out of central Iowa tomorrow with a warm front and cold front moving SW-NE through the Northland.  Rain is still possible on Saturday but it should be more scattered in coverage compared to the widespread rain we had on Friday.  A few thunderstorms are also possible tomorrow mainly over northwest Wisconsin.  Highs will be in the 60s and 70s with 40s and 50s near Lake Superior.  Lows will be in the 50s.  Winds tomorrow out of the south, north or east at 5 to 15 mph.  Winds tomorrow night gradually shifting to the west or northwest.

...Looking ahead...

Confidence:  Medium to High.

Low pressure will finally exit to the northeast on Sunday but lingering moisture combined with some daytime heating could lead to a few showers around parts of the Northland Sunday afternoon and evening.  Highs on Sunday should get into the 70s with a west or northwest wind so these warmer temperatures should also make it to locations that are near Lake Superior.

Memorial Day looks nice at the moment with daytime highs in the 70s, possibly even the low 80s for some of us.

Rain chances return on Tuesday and Wednesday May 31-June 1.

Normal temperatures for Saturday

High:  66
Low:   44

Sunrise Saturday:  5:20 AM CDT
Sunset Saturday:   8:52 PM CDT