Thursday, July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016: 3 fatalities from this week's storms in northwest Wisconsin. Clouds and cool tonight; 60s and lower 70s with a risk for a few showers Friday; 70s return this weekend. Flood update and road closures in this post

/Issued 5:27 PM CDT, Thursday, July 14, 2016/


July 14, 2016 - Numerous roads remain closed in portions of northwest Wisconsin following the devastating flooding from Monday.  Here's a link to all the road closures via National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota:

Flood update:  Stories from the Duluth News Tribune at the links below.


Flood warning information at this link:

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

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

Rainfall reports for July 13-14, 2016
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

1 S of Hill City, MN:  0.50"
Libby, MN:  0.35"
Jacobson, MN:  0.29"
1 E of Esko, MN:  0.74"
1 NE of Cloquet, MN:  0.67"

Wrenshall, MN:  0.39"
Walker, MN:  0.38"
Hovland, MN:  0.26"
Emily, MN:  0.33"
Brainerd, MN:  0.15"

8 S of Bigfork, MN:  0.54"
Keewatin, MN:  0.44"
Littlefork, MN:  0.40"
International Falls, MN:  0.30"
1 W of Isabella, MN:  0.37"

4 S of Bruno, MN:  0.22"
Askov, MN:  0.14"
3 SW of Orr, MN:  0.73"
2 NW of Gary New Duluth, MN:  0.54"
Makinen, MN:  0.51"

Taft, MN:  0.45"
Floodwood, MN:  0.31"
Chisholm-Hibbing, MN (Airport)  0.23"
Duluth, MN (Airport)  0.11"
White River near Ashland, WI:  0.50"

Ashland, WI (Airport)  0.25"
Oulu, WI:  0.53"
Washburn, WI:  0.48"
Danbury, WI:  0.19"
5 SE of Superior, WI:  0.47"

1 NNW of Superior, WI:  0.46"
Superior, WI (Airport)  0.38"
Hurley, WI:  0.30"
Hayward, WI:  0.21"

Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Date:  July 14, 2016

A cool mid July day under a blanket of clouds thanks to a lingering upper level trough over the region.  More showers too with the most widespread rain at 4 PM along and south of a line from around Brainerd to Shell Lake and north of a line from St. Cloud to Chippewa Falls -- That area of rain is sinking slowly toward the south/east late this afternoon.  Highs today were generally in the 60s with north or northwest winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin

Confidence:  High.

Tonight (July 14)

Mostly cloudy skies to continue although some clearing may eventually develop in parts of the Northland.  Scattered showers mostly during the evening hours.  Lows in the 50s but 40s are possible in the typical cold spots.  Winds out of the north or west at 10 to 20 mph.

Friday (July 15)

A little more sun on the way for Friday but still expecting a good deal of clouds to linger over most of the area.  Can't rule out a few spotty showers during the afternoon-evening hours.  Highs in the 60s and 70s with lows in the 50s except 40s in the typical cold spots.  Winds will be out of the west except for onshore winds around Lake Superior.

...Extended Forecast...

Confidence:  Medium to High.

Mainly dry during the day on Saturday with highs in the 70s to around 80 degrees.  Low pressure along with a surface trough is forecast to pass through the Upper Midwest Saturday night and Sunday, this system could bring some showers or thunderstorms to the Northland later in the weekend.  Dew points climbing into the 60s with PWATS possibly greater than 1.50" could lead to a heavy rain threat if storms develop.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

Tonight - Mostly cloudy.  Patchy drizzle possible during the evening.  Low 51 to 56.  Wind north to northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Friday - Considerable cloudiness.  A few showers possible during the afternoon.  High 65 to 70.  Wind variable becoming east at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday - Dry with highs in the 70s.

Normal temperatures for Friday

High:  77
Low:  56

Sunrise Friday:  5:30 AM CDT
Sunset Friday:   8:58 PM CDT