Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Severe T-Storms with 60-80+ mph winds moved through parts of South Dakota and far southern Minnesota today with widespread wind damage. A nice Thursday ahead in the Northland (Highs upper 70s to mid 80s)

/Issued 7:35 PM CDT, Wednesday, July 19, 2017/


Ring Of Fire type weather pattern should continue for the next few days although the bulk of the thunderstorm/severe weather looks like it'll remain west/south of the Northland through Friday morning.


Infrared Satellite loop of today's bow echo which began in northern South Dakota this morning and as of 6 PM has moved into northeastern Iowa/southwestern Wisconsin.


Preliminary storm reports map for July 19, 2017

Blue dots=Wind damage reports
Green dots=Large hail reports


Weather Synopsis

Not too bad today with high temperatures close to where they should be for mid July with readings in the mid 70s to near 80 degrees in a few locations.  Humidity levels were tolerable as well today with dew points this afternoon in the 50s to lower 60s.  Started the day with quite a bit of sunshine but that was replaced by a shield of high and mid level cloudiness which passed over the Northland this afternoon thanks to a large thunderstorm complex which produced widespread damaging winds as it tracked east/southeast across southern Minnesota this afternoon.

A few showers or isolated thunderstorms could develop over parts of the area this evening but it's looking more and more likely that tonight will remain dry in most of the Northland.  A warm front down along the Iowa/Minnesota state line will stay in that general area tonight before it sinks a little further south on Thursday.  A wave of low pressure will track out of southern South Dakota and along that boundary tonight with showers and thunderstorms occurring at times over the southern half of Minnesota.

Partly to mostly cloudy and hazy sky conditions are expected in our area tonight with some patchy fog possible late.  Lows will be in the 50s and 60s.

Thursday is shaping up to be a splendid summer day around here with any fog burning off before 8 AM...Otherwise expecting mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s.  Dew points are forecast to be in the 50s and 60s, a little on the muggy side but really nothing out of the ordinary for the time of year.

Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight...  Hazy.  Partly cloudy.  Low 57 to 62.  Wind variable around 10 mph.

.Thursday...  Mostly sunny.  Haze possible.  High 79 to 84.  Wind west at 10 to 20 mph.  Dew point 60 to 65, falling into the 50s during the afternoon.

.Friday...  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Highs in the 70s.  East wind 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for Thursday

High:  77
Low:   56

Sunrise Thursday:  5:35 AM CDT
Sunset Thursday:   8:54 PM CDT