Monday, May 22, 2017

East wind returns for Tuesday-Wednesday (Cool temps continue) Drizzly/Showery at times into Tuesday. Rainfall stats for May in this post, and a look ahead to the forecast for Memorial Day weekend for the Twin Ports

/Issued 4:37 PM CDT, Monday, May 22, 2017/


Quite a range in rainfall totals this month with below average totals in northwest-far northern Minnesota while rainfall totals have been well above average in central, eastern and southern Minnesota and in northwest Wisconsin.  See stats below.

Duluth, Minnesota:  3.77 inches (+1.63 inches above normal)
International Falls, Minnesota:  0.59 inches (-1.23 inches below normal)
Twin Cities, Minnesota:  4.75 inches (+2.47 inches above normal)
Ashland, Wisconsin 3 S:  5.30 inches (+2.98 inches above normal)
Hurley, Wisconsin:  4.39 inches (+2.19 inches above normal)


Weather Tidbits:

-Going into today (May 22nd) the average temperature for the month of May at Duluth, Minnesota was 48.6 degrees; -1.5 degrees below average.  The last time a below average temperature month occurred at Duluth was in April of 2016 (-1.9 degrees below normal)

-May 2017 could also be a below average temperature month at both International Falls and in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The last time a below average temperature month occurred at International Falls was in June 2016; and in Minneapolis you have to go all the way back to August 2015!

Holiday weekend is approaching (Memorial Day)  Here is the early forecast for the Twin Ports.  This forecast could change in coming days.

Note:  The average high temperature from the 27th-29th is 66 degrees.

Saturday (27th)  Shower possible. Mix of sun/clouds.  High around 68.  West wind.
Sunday (28th)  Shower possible.  Mix of sun/clouds.  High around 66.  Northwest wind.
Monday - Memorial Day (29th)  Mix of sun/clouds.  High around 62.  North-northwest wind.

Weather Synopsis

An area of low pressure was centered south of Hudson Bay Canada late this afternoon with an upper level low heading SW toward Lake Of The Woods in far northwest Minnesota.  Cool and generally overcast skies over the Northland today with scattered light rain showers at times.  Temperatures this afternoon ranged from the upper 40s to middle 50s which is roughly 10-15 degrees below normal.

Not much change in our weather through Tuesday.  The upper low will drop south out of northwest Minnesota and is expected to move into Missouri by early Wednesday morning while a larger upper level trough encompasses the upper Midwest and Great Lakes through midweek.

Generally mostly cloudy sky conditions in the Northland tonight and Tuesday, but like today there probably will be some breaks in the clouds at times but don't expect a lot of sun Tuesday.

Lows tonight mainly in the 40s, maybe a few spots dipping into the 30s if skies clear for a time.  Highs Tuesday in the 40s and 50s (Below average for May 23rd)

Midweek looks dry with a bit more sunshine expected.  Highs Wednesday getting into the 60s but an east wind will result in temperatures holding ~50 degrees near Lake Superior.  You can pretty much copy Wednesday's high temperature forecast and use them for Thursday although a few spots could get into the lower 70s Thursday in far western-northern portions of the Northland, but temperatures will be much cooler near Lake Superior (Surprise, Surprise)

Note:  There is a chance for patchy frost in parts of the Northland for Tuesday night-early Wednesday morning, and again for Wednesday night-early Thursday morning.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Considerable cloudiness.  Patchy drizzle and light showers at times.  Low 40 to 45.  Wind west at 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest.

.Tuesday...  Mostly cloudy.  Showers possible at times.  High 47 to 52.  Wind becoming northeast at 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Tuesday

High:  64
Low:   43

Sunrise Tuesday:  5:25 AM CDT
Sunset Tuesday:   8:46 PM CDT