Monday, April 3, 2017

Dry weather the next few days; 50s Tuesday afternoon with some sun; T-storm potential late this weekend

/Issued 5:53 PM CDT, Monday, April 3, 2017/

Keeping an eye on this weekend's setup as it may favor the development of a few thunderstorms in parts of the upper Midwest.  Stay tuned!

Forecast map is for Sunday, April 9, 2017.  Source:

Storm for mid to late week will stay well south of our local area.

A nice little drink Sunday evening.  The bulk of last evening's rain was along the North Shore of Lake Superior, down to the Highway 2 corridor in northeast Minnesota, into east central Minnesota and over all of northwest Wisconsin.  Source:

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Tuesday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Rainfall reports for April 2, 2017

Isle, MN 12 N:  0.16"
Wright, MN 3 E:  0.14"
Ashland, WI:  0.14"
Grand Marais, MN:  0.12"
Duluth, MN:  0.11"
Island Lake, MN 4 E:  0.11"
Hurley, WI:  0.07"
Wolfridge, MN (ELC)  0.06"

Note:  Low temperature so far for today, April 3rd at Duluth, Minnesota has been 43 degrees.  If the low doesn't drop below 42 degrees through midnight, then this will put us at 2nd warmest low temperature on record dating back to 1874.  The record warmest low temp for April 3rd is 46 degrees which was set in 1910 (107 years ago)  currently the 2nd warmest low is 41 degrees set just a few years ago in 2012.  3rd warmest low is 40 degrees set in 1991.

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

Rain tapered off Sunday evening which was followed by fog late Sunday night, some of this fog was dense with visibility near zero.  The fog lingered into this morning but has finally eroded this afternoon.  Goes-16 visible satellite imagery reveals a mix of spotty cumulus clouds and cirrus clouds across northern Minnesota down toward the Brainerd Lakes area late this afternoon while skies remained overcast in eastern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.  A few rain showers have been affecting the far southeast portion of northwest Wisconsin today, mainly south of a line from Shell Lake to Hayward to Park Falls.  Highs today ranged from the 40s in northwest Wisconsin, far eastern Minnesota and near Lake Superior with mid 50s to low 60s in northern Minnesota and the Brainerd Lakes area.

A few showers will linger tonight in the far southern portion of northwest Wisconsin otherwise it'll be dry elsewhere in the Northland under partly to mostly cloudy skies.  A strong area of low pressure over eastern Missouri late this afternoon will lift NE toward southeast Ontario Province by Tuesday evening, the bulk of the rain with this storm will remain well to the south of our area tonight but the northern edge of the rain shield will continue to affect far southern areas in northwest Wisconsin tonight before pulling away to the east on Tuesday.

Patchy fog could redevelop in spots tonight but shouldn't be as widespread or dense as it was this morning.

Will have mainly dry weather in our area from Tuesday through Friday as high pressure builds into the upper Midwest while another strong area of low pressure lifts NE out of the southern Plains, this system will be even farther SE than the one tonight so no precipitation anywhere in the Northland with this second storm Wednesday and Thursday.

Lows tonight will be in the 30s with some 20s possible in far northern Minnesota.  Highs Tuesday mainly in the 50s with lows Tuesday night in the upper 20s to the 30s.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Considerable cloudiness.  Low 36 to 41.  Wind east to northeast at 10 to 15 mph becoming north late.

.Tuesday...  Mostly cloudy with some clearing possible during the afternoon.  High 51 to 56.  Wind north to northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Tuesday

High:  43
Low:   25

Sunrise Tuesday:  6:41 AM CDT
Sunset Tuesday:   7:42 PM CDT