Sunday, April 2, 2017

Light rain/drizzle this evening (Areas of fog thru Monday AM) Midweek rain/snow event south of the Northland

/Issued 4:52 PM CDT, Sunday, April 2, 2017/

Pretty good coverage albeit mostly a light rainfall passing through parts of the Northland late this afternoon/evening.  Rain totals so far have generally been less than 0.05 inches.

A strong storm is forecast to lift northeast out of the southern Plains during the middle part of this week.  Precipitation associated with this storm is forecast to remain south of the Northland Wednesday and Thursday.

You don't see high risk days very often, today is one of those rare high risk days.  Source:

Note:  A half dozen tornado reports so far today (thru 3 PM) with 2 fatalities reported in Louisiana.

Another potentially active day for severe weather on Monday but a little farther east than tonight's risk.  Source:

Tonight's low temperature forecast.  Source:

Monday's high temperature forecast.  Source:

Temperature departure map for the week of March 26, 2017.  Source:

Precipitation departure map for the week of March 26, 2017.  Source:

Temperature and precipitation report for Duluth, Minnesota

March 26-April 1, 2017

High temperatures:

3/26:  36 F/-3 degrees below normal
3/27:  51 F/+12 degrees above normal
3/28:  59 F/+19 degrees above normal
3/29:  39 F/-1 degree below normal
3/30:  48 F/+8 degrees above normal
3/31:  56 F/+15 degrees above normal
4/1:  58 F/+17 degrees above normal

Low temperatures:

3/26:  31 F/+9 degrees above normal
3/27:  29 F/+7 degrees above normal
3/28:  24 F/+2 degrees above normal
3/29:  30 F/+7 degrees above normal
3/30:  30 F/+7 degrees above normal
3/31:  28 F/+4 degrees above normal
4/1:  32 F/+8 degrees above normal

Total precipitation:  0.06"
Normal:  0.38"
Departure:  -0.32" below normal

Weather Synopsis for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin

Some sunshine before Noon but clouds have increased over most of the Northland this afternoon as an upper level disturbance lifts NE out of southern Minnesota while a cold front approaches from the northern Plains.  There's been an area of mostly light rain and drizzle affecting east central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin this afternoon while it was mainly dry in northern Minnesota.  Temperatures this afternoon ranged from the low 60s in far northern Minnesota with 40s and 50s over the rest of the area.

Light rain and drizzle will persist this evening in parts of northeast and east central Minnesota into northwest Wisconsin.  There is a chance for lingering patchy drizzle or showers after midnight but the greatest chance for slightly more widespread rainfall is this evening.  Areas of fog could form tonight lingering into Monday morning otherwise expect generally mostly cloudy skies tonight with lows in the mid 30s to mid 40s.

Low pressure over the southern Plains this afternoon will lift NE into western Illinois by Monday evening, then to southeast Ontario Province by Tuesday evening -- The majority of the rain associated with this storm should stay south of the Northland for Monday and Tuesday but the far southern portion of northwest Wisconsin could get clipped by the northern edge of a rain shield Monday night and Tuesday.  Meanwhile a cold front which was nearing the Dakotas-Minnesota border late this afternoon will pass through the Northland tonight and Monday, this front could go on to produce a few rain showers on Monday but widespread rains are not expected.

Highs on Monday will be in the 40s and 50s with a few locations in northern Minnesota making a run at 60 degrees once again.  Skies on Monday ranging from partly sunny to overcast.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Light rain and drizzle mainly this evening.  Mostly cloudy.  Patchy fog possible.  Low 39 to 44.  Wind south at 5 to 15 mph.

.Monday...  Considerable cloudiness.  A few showers possible.  High 46 to 51 but cooler near Lake Superior.  Wind becoming northeast at 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Monday

High:  43
Low:   25

Sunrise Monday:  6:44 AM CDT
Sunset Monday:   7:41 PM CDT