Saturday, June 17, 2017

First half of June was third warmest on record in Minnesota. Typical summertime rainfall pattern, some get hit, others not so much

/Issued 7:34 PM CDT, Saturday, June 17, 2017/


1km radar loop ending at 7:35 PM this evening (6/17) Showers are most widespread south of Highway 2 in northeast Minnesota with movement mainly toward the east.  Spotty showers continue north of Highway 2.  Showers are also scattered about across northern Wisconsin this evening.

Local Storm Reports from June 17, 2017

*6:37 PM CDT:  HAIL.  0.50 inch.  Two Harbors, MN 4 NW (Lake County)  Pea to marble sized hail.  Half inch of rain in 15 minutes.

*6:25 PM CDT:  HAIL.  0.25 inch.  Two Harbors, MN 7 NW (Lake County)  Heavy rain and non-damaging winds.

*3:57 PM CDT:  HAIL.  0.25 inch.  Grand Rapids, MN 7 SW (Itasca County)

*3:54 PM CDT:  HAIL.  0.25 inch.  Cohasset, MN (Itasca County)

*3:53 PM CDT:  HAIL.  0.25 inch.  Baxter, MN 1 N (Crow Wing County)

*3:52 PM CDT:  HAIL.  0.50 inch.  Cohasset, MN (Itasca County)

*3:25 PM CDT:  HAIL.  0.25 inch.  Deer River, MN (Itasca County)

*Near Record Warm first half of June in Minnesota*

-On a statewide basis the average temperature during the first half of June was 69 degrees.  Only 1933 (71.4 F) and 1988 (70.4 F) were warmer.

-Within the Minnesota climate observation network 45 stations have reported daily maximum temperature records tied or broken so far this month, and 46 stations have also reported daily warm low temperature records tied or broken so far this month.

-The average temperature for June (Through the 16th) at Duluth, Minnesota was 62.4 degrees (+4.4 degrees warmer than normal)  15/17 days have had a high temperature of at least 70 F -- Only 2 days this month with a temp failing to reach at least 70 F at the Airport.

Weather Synopsis

A fairly broad area of low pressure stretched from far eastern Minnesota to central Lake Michigan late this afternoon while a frontal boundary was draped across north central Minnesota.  It's been a day filled with scattered showers and thunderstorms over most of the Northland -- Some locations have been hit harder than others though, and this is very typical in the type of weather pattern we're in.  The strongest storms today produced brief gusty winds, downpours and small hail.  Outside of these passing showers skies were partly sunny to mostly cloudy today with highs in the 50s and 60s.

Scattered showers should continue most of the night with a few more showers ahead for Sunday.  Isolated thunderstorms are also expected this evening with a lesser chance for spotty storms Sunday afternoon.  These scattered showers will be occurring thanks to an area of low pressure which deepens as it tracks from central Lake Michigan to north of Lake Huron by Sunday evening -- Meanwhile an upper level low/trough will be over the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes, this combined with moisture wrapping around the surface low to our east will keep clouds and scattered showers going into Sunday.  Note:  Many dry hours are still expected through Sunday, and there should be at least some sunshine from time to time on Sunday.  In other words not a complete washout.

Lows tonight mainly in the 50s with highs Sunday mainly in the 60s but a few southern locations may flirt with 70 degrees.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Considerable cloudiness.  Scattered showers.  Low 55 to 60.  Wind north around 10 mph.

.Sunday...  Considerable cloud cover but some sunshine also expected.  A few showers.  High 65 to 70.  Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Sunday

High:  72
Low:   50

Sunrise Sunday:  5:14 AM CDT
Sunset Sunday:   9:06 PM CDT