Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016: Record rainfall total tied at the Duluth Airport on Monday; Windy and mild with scattered showers/t-storms Wednesday (A few strong storms possible) Flood and tornado update and more storm reports in this post

/Issued 6:12 PM CDT, Tuesday, July 12, 2016/

Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.

Radar rainfall estimates from 5 AM July 11 - 5 AM July 12.  Source, National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.

Note:  Legend on the bottom of the map.

Red box on this map is where tornadoes touched down on July 11, 2016.  More information on these tornadoes can be found below.  Source, NWS Twin Cities, Minnesota.

It's been an active summer across the Northland with numerous severe weather events during the past couple of weeks. Damaging winds and hail have been common with the Brainerd Lakes vicinity being one of the harder hit areas so far this summer.  There's also been a few tornadoes especially in north central portions of Minnesota.  I guess you could call the flood from July 11th Mother Nature's knock out punch but since it's only early July, I'm pretty sure were going to be dealing with a few more severe weather/flood events through the rest of the summer.

2016 severe weather reports map for Minnesota through July 11.

368 reports of severe weather so far this year.

Red dots=Tornadoes (29)
Green dots=Hail (140)
Blue dots=Wind (199)

2016 storm reports map for Wisconsin through July 11.

223 reports of severe weather so far this year.

Red dots=Tornadoes (8)
Green dots=Hail (32)
Blue dots=Wind (183)

Source, Storm Prediction Center.

Marginal and slight risks for severe thunderstorms Wednesday across all of northwest Wisconsin and far eastern Minnesota.

A risk for non-severe thunderstorms across all of northeast Minnesota.

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

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

Dual pol Correlation Coefficient radar image showing a debris ball associated with the tornado that moved through Watkins, Minnesota late Monday afternoon -- This tornado was rated an EF-2 per National Weather Service.

More storm reports from July 11-12, 2016
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

*2:22 PM 7/12:  HEAVY RAIN.  10.30".  Breezy Point, MN (Crow Wing County)

*5:45 PM 7/11:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  5 S of Brule, WI (Douglas County)  A couple dozen trees are down along Highway 27 about 2 or 3 miles south of the intersection with county road B.

*7:45 PM 7/11:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  5 NE of Cedar, WI.  Numerous vessels in and near Saxon Harbor were affected by severe sustained winds.  There were 23 beached vessels...6 adrift in the Harbor...And some overturned vessels.  One vessel drifted 5 miles out into Lake Superior.

*6:00 AM 7/12:  HEAVY RAIN.  2.15".  2 E of Butternut, WI (Ashland County)  Began 11:30 PM and ended at 6 AM.

*10:00 AM 7/12:  HEAVY RAIN.  2.75".  5 N of Two Harbors, MN (Lake County)

*10:00 AM 7/12:  HEAVY RAIN.  7.80".  3 NE of Askov, MN (Pine County)

7 tornado reports in central Minnesota on July 11, 2016
Source:  Storm Prediction Center; NWS Twin Cities, Minnesota

5:33 PM:  TORNADO.  Litchfield, MN (Meeker County)  Note:  EF-2 strength.  Max wind 115 mph.  Length:  1 mile.  Max width:  150 feet.

5:40 PM:  TORNADO.  2 NNW of Litchfield, MN (Meeker County)

5:45 PM:  TORNADO.  1 W of Forest City, MN (Meeker County)

5:55 PM:  TORNADO.  Watkins, MN (Meeker County)  Note:  EF-2 strength.  Max wind 125 mph.  Length:  2 miles.  Max width:  600 feet.

6:05 PM:  TORNADO.  3 N of Watkins, MN (Stearns County)

6:25 PM:  TORNADO.  2 SSE of Pleasant Lake, MN (Stearns County)

7:25 PM:  TORNADO.  4 NW of Rockville, MN (Stearns County)

*Record event*
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Record rainfall total tied at the Duluth Airport on July 11th, 2016.

Rainfall total:  2.27" this ties with July 11, 1914 for greatest amount of rain on the 11th of July.

Flood warning information:  http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=dlh&wwa=flood%20warning

Flood advisory information:  http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=dlh&wwa=flood%20advisory

Weather Summary for July 12, 2016
Location:  NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin

A windy but warm and more importantly a dry day across the Northland.  Deep area of low pressure was over central Manitoba Province with another low over central Ontario Province.  Generally sunny skies this afternoon in eastern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin with a mix of sun/clouds over northern Minnesota.  Highs were in the mid 70s to low 80s which is near to slightly above average for mid July.  Winds were a big issue today with southwest winds in the 15 to 30 mph range with higher gusts.

Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin

Confidence:  High.

Tonight (July 12)

Breezy under partly to mostly cloudy skies.  A few showers or isolated thunderstorms possible in northern Minnesota.  Lows mainly in the 60s.  Winds from the southwest at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts.

Wednesday (July 13)

Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms over the Northland tomorrow, probably starting in northern areas in the morning then pushing farther south/east by late afternoon.  Colder temperatures aloft combined with strong mid level winds could lead to a few stronger storms in the afternoon mainly in east central Minnesota into northwest Wisconsin.  Gusty winds and hail will be possible in the strongest thunderstorms.  Heavy downpours and some lightning in the other storms.  Highs will range from the 60s in far northern Minnesota with 70s and 80s elsewhere.  Winds out of the southwest turning more to the west tomorrow night; Wind speeds in the 15-25 mph range.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

Tonight - Breezy.  Clear to partly cloudy.  Low 61 to 66.  Wind southwest at 15 to 25 mph.

Wednesday - Breezy.  Mostly sunny with clouds increasing during the afternoon.  A few showers or thunderstorms possible later in the day.  High 74 to 79.  Wind southwest at 15 to 25 mph.

Normal temperatures for Wednesday

High:  77
Low:   56

Sunrise Wednesday:  5:28 AM CDT
Sunset Wednesday:   9:00 PM CDT