Thursday, September 22, 2016

30-35" of precipitation so far this year in some parts of MN and west central WI, wow! 5-10" rain totals last night across parts of southern MN/western WI; Widespread rain expected in the Northland Saturday night

/Issued 5:03 PM CDT, Thursday, September 22, 2016/

Check out these precipitation totals from January 1 - September 21, 2016.

Source, Weather Prediction Center.

24-hour rainfall map ending the morning of September 22, 2016.  Source, Midwest Regional Climate Center.


A potent trough and area of low pressure over the western U.S. today will lift slowly north/east thru the weekend.

Source, Weather Prediction Center.

Tonight's low temperature forecast.

Friday's high temperature forecast.

2016 precipitation totals and their departure from normal for select cities.

January 1-September 21, 2016:

Rochester, MN:  36.52" (+9.85" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  27.99"

Eau Claire, WI:  34.29" (+9.55" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  32.06"

Marquette, MI:  32.46" (+7.60" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  19.73"

Twin Cities, MN:  30.81" (+6.46" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  26.38"

Duluth, MN:  26.44" (+2.80" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  22.32"

St. Cloud, MN:  26.90" (+4.76" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  25.66"

Grand Forks, ND:  26.18" (+8.61" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  16.32"

Green Bay, WI:  25.20" (+2.65" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  21.93"

International Falls, MN:  22.41" (+3.30" above normal)  2015 total thru Sep 21:  17.51"

Rainfall reports from around the Northland for September 21-22, 2016
Source:  CoCoRaHs; MesoWest

Stone Lake, WI 2 NW:  2.79"
Hayward, WI:  1.66"
Phillips, WI:  1.61"
Hayward, WI 9.2 NNE:  1.22"
Butternut, WI 5.9 SW:  1.09"

Mellen, WI 18.6 SW:  1.00"
Park Falls, WI 1.3 N:  0.94"
Spooner, WI:  0.93"
Mahtowa, MN 3.2 NW:  0.84"
Aitkin, MN:  0.71"

Grantsburg, WI 0.6 SSW:  0.62"
Iron River, WI 7.2 SE:  0.52"
Siren, WI:  0.45"
McGregor, MN 7.3 N:  0.44"
Duluth, MN 7.9 SW:  0.43"

Brainerd, MN 11.5 E:  0.32"
Ashland, WI 0.5 WNW:  0.31"
Cloquet, MN:  0.23"
Superior, WI:  0.20"
Duluth, MN (Airport)  0.05"

**Major flooding last night across much of southern Minnesota and west central Wisconsin**

Here are some rainfall totals out of that area per NWS Twin Cities and La Crosse.

Waseca, MN:  10.16"
Maple Grove, MN 1 SSW:  8.11"
Chippewa Falls, WI:  7.46"
Brooklyn Park, MN 1 SE:  7.24"
Readstown, WI:  7.11"

Neillsville, WI 1 W:  6.77"
Mankato, MN 4 E:  6.69"
Lanesboro, MN 2 NE:  6.47"
Viroqua, WI:  6.36"
Steuben, WI:  6.05"

Osseo, MN 1 NW:  5.80"
Kenyon, MN:  5.71"
Eau Claire, WI (Airport)  5.65"
Elk Mound, WI 4 SE:  5.54"
Owatonna, MN:  5.35"

Castle Rock, WI:  5.03"
West Salem, WI:  5.01"
Fillmore, MN:  4.85"
Hugo, MN 2 WSW:  4.44"
Zumbrota, MN:  4.39"
Rochester, MN (Airport)  4.31"
St. Peter, MN 1 SW:  4.18"

Weather Summary for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin
Date:  September 22, 2016

Another major flood event hit parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin last night with this one targeting the area from the Twin Cities on south and east; road closures, mudslides, cars submerged, record or near record crests on some area rivers down in southern Minnesota and in parts of southwest Wisconsin.

Here in the Northland it was mainly dry today although there was some drizzle this morning in parts of the area.  The trend has been for increasing amounts of sun from north to south this afternoon as dry air continues to filter south out of an area of high pressure which was over Manitoba Province this afternoon.

Highs today were generally in the upper 50s and 60s with a few locations from Aitkin and Pine River up to Grand Rapids and Hibbing close to 70 degrees at 4 PM today.

Forecast Discussion for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

.Short Term Forecast...

Tonight (September 22)

Clear to partly cloudy across the north and partly to mostly cloudy skies across southern portions of the Northland where a few showers could develop tonight.  Low temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s with 30s possible in far northern Minnesota.  Winds will remain out of the east or northeast at 5 to 15 mph.

Friday (September 23)

Not much change in the weather pattern with high pressure remaining to our north while a warm front over north central Iowa remains nearly stationary or begins to lift slowly north on Friday -- Meanwhile a deep upper level trough and area of low pressure will be lifting northeast through the Rockies.

Partly to mostly cloudy skies are forecast in the Northland on Friday.  Showers are possible mainly in western-southern areas.  Highs will be in the 60s with a few locations possibly getting up to 70 degrees.  Lows Friday night will mainly be in the 50s.  East winds at 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph near Lake Superior.

.Extended Forecast...

Saturday (September 24)

Low pressure with its warm front and cold front will move slowly northeast into the Northland.  Ahead of this system southerly flow will transport humid air into our area with dew points reaching the 50s with low-mid 60s in southwest portions of the area.  PWATS are forecast to climb to between 1.50"-1.90" from late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.

A few showers are possible over parts of the area during the day on Saturday.

The best chance for rain looks to occur Saturday night as rain spreads SW-NE across the Northland.  Heavy downpours and isolated thunderstorms are possible as well.

Highs on Saturday will be in the 60s to lower 70s with 50s along the North Shore of Lake Superior.  Lows Saturday night will be in the 50s to around 60 degrees.

Sunday (September 25)

Low pressure lifts into Manitoba Province while a cold front continues to E-NE through the Northland.  Rain chance continues on Sunday especially from far northeast Minnesota down into northwest Wisconsin.  Highs on Sunday will be in the 50s and 60s.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 48 to 53.  Wind east at 5 to 15 mph.

.Friday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Breezy.  High 59 to 64.  Wind east at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph.

Note:  A few showers are possible Friday night; A better chance for rain arrives Saturday night.

Normal temperatures for Friday

High:  62
Low:   43

Sunrise Friday:  6:57 AM CDT
Sunset Friday:   7:03 PM CDT