9/30/09: Wednesday’s Weather Report

Issued at 3:48 PM CDT, Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Widespread frost and a hard killing freeze occurred over most of Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin early This Morning. Here are some low temperatures from Today, Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. Data provided by the NWS, Duluth, Minnesota.

Embarrass MN: 20 degrees

Babbitt MN: 23 degrees

Hibbing MN: 23 degrees

3 miles East of Orr MN: 24 degrees

3 miles South of Tower MN: 25 degrees

Grand Marais MN (Airport) 25 degrees

Silver Bay MN: 25 degrees

Ely MN: 27 degrees

Cook MN: 27 degrees

International Falls MN: 28 degrees

Cloquet MN: 28 degrees

Grand Rapids MN: 32 degrees

Duluth MN (NWS) 33 degrees

Duluth MN (Airport) 36 degrees

Sky Harbor MN: 37 degrees

Hayward WI: 22 degrees

3 miles North of Butternut WI: 25 degrees

Sarona WI: 26 degrees

Phillips WI: 27 degrees

Superior WI: 28 degrees

Upson WI: 28 degrees

Solon Springs WI: 28 degrees

Ashland WI: 29 degrees

Bayfield WI: 32 degrees

Note: Going into Today, the average monthly temperature for September 2009 was 62.7 degrees at the Duluth Airport. Warmest September on record is 62.6 degrees which was set in 1897. It does not appear that we will break the all time warmest September on record, but September 2009 will likely rank 2nd or 3rd warmest of all time. Precipitation wise we picked up 1.40″ of rain during September which is well below our average of 4.13″.

Weather tidbits:

-Gusty east winds to linger through Friday Evening

-Strong Western storm to bring some rain to parts of our area starting on Thursday

-Numerous winter storm warnings/advisories have been issued for the Northern Rockies/Western South Dakota area due to this storm

-Another storm possible the early or mid part of next week

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

(Today’s Weather)

Sunshine was in abundance across most of our area Today with some lake clouds passing overhead near Lake Superior. Highs Today were in the 40s and 50s with 850 mb temperatures as of 3 PM ranging from +3 to +6 degrees C. A very dry airmass continued to sit over our area Today with dewpoints generally in the 30s to near 40 degrees with Afternoon PWS under 0.40″. Winds Today were out of the east at 10-20 mph. Surface map as of 3 PM featured high pressure of 1026 mb centered over Northwest Ontario Province with a high pressure ridge of 1018-1022 mb extending from Central Lake Superior to Northern Alabama. Low pressure centers of 995-997 mb were located over the Western High Plains/Northern Rockies with widespread 2-3 mb/2 hour pressure falls occurring This Afternoon across the Northern-Central Plains into the Upper Midwest.

(Today’s Upper Level Analysis)

Very cold H5 trough (558 meters) with -28 degree C upper level temperatures covered the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest Today with strong 60-120 meter 12 hour 500 mb height falls occurring Today across the Northern and Central Plains west to the Rockies in association with this Autumn storm. Strong H5 low (546 meters) was centered over Central Quebec Province This Afternoon with an upper level trough in place across Eastern Canada and the Northeast U.S. In between the troughs out west and out east was an upper level ridge which covered parts of the Upper Midwest Today.

(Tonight)

Clear-partly cloudy skies are expected across Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin with areas of frost developing late…especially across Northwest Wisconsin. Strong high pressure will be centered to our northeast while low pressure remains over the Western High Plains region. Lows Tonight will be in the 30s to low 40s but some 20s are possible mainly in Northwest Wisconsin and perhaps in extreme Northeast Minnesota. Winds Tonight will be out of the east at 5-15 mph with higher gusts near Lake Superior.

(Thursday and Thursday Night)

Strong low pressure will be centered over Nebraska and South Dakota during this period while high pressure remains off to our northeast. The pressure difference between these two features will result in some gusty easterly winds across Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin Thursday and Thursday Night. 850 mb wind speeds are forecast to increase to 30-45 knots during this period and this should result in 15-25 mph sustained wind speeds with gusts of 30-40 mph. Some of the strongest winds could set-up near Lake Superior with near gale force wind gusts possibly developing on Western Lake Superior by Thursday Evening.

The low to our southwest will try to pull some deeper moisture up into our area but at the same-time the high to our northeast will bring drier air southwest into our area. How far north will the rain shield set-up during this period is the big question right now with the 12z NAM/WRF more south compared to the 12z GFS/UK models…although the latest 18z NAM/WRF model has trended slightly more north with the rain band compared to it’s 12z run.

Right now it would appear that the better chance for rain will occur south and west of a line from Cass Lake Minnesota to Moose Lake Minnesota to Phillips Wisconsin with the Iron Range and Arrowhead of Minnesota staying dry through Thursday Night. It will take a while for the rain to reach into our area…but it should do so from south to north Thursday Afternoon or Thursday Evening in Western-Southern portions of our local area. Highs Thursday will be in the 40s and 50s with a few locales possibly near 60 degrees. Lows Thursday Night will be in the 30s and 40s.

(Extended Forecast)

Strong low pressure is forecast to track from Iowa to Lake Michigan during the Friday-Saturday time frame. Some rain occurring on the north and eventually northwest side of this low will impact Northwest Wisconsin and parts of Eastcentral Minnesota for Friday and Saturday. Also it appears that some lake effect rain showers will develop and affect portions of the North and South Shore of Lake Superior from Friday into Saturday as colder 850 mb temps develop and come into contact with milder temperatures over Lake Superior. Favorable E-NE winds which will veer more northerly by Saturday will also help in producing some lake effect rain showers near Lake Superior during the Friday-Saturday time frame. High temperatures Friday and Saturday will be in the 40s and 50s with lows Friday Night and Saturday Night in the 30s and 40s.

Looks like most of our area will have dry conditions for Sunday and Monday before the next large Western U.S. trough and area of low pressure push out into the Plains. Differences in the track of the low and the overall timing of this system does exist Today with the long range forecast models…but right now it does appear that almost all of Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin will see some rain out of this storm during the early to mid part of next week.

Temperatures behind this storm could become cold enough and that combined with lowering 500 mb heights and colder H85 temps could result in some snow shower/snow flurry activity at times as we move into late next week or next weekend across parts of our area. GFS long range model continues to show this trend Today…although it could still change since it’s over a week away.

5 Day Forecast for Duluth/Superior

.Tonight… Scattered lake clouds otherwise partly cloudy. Low 37 to 42. Wind east at 10 to 20 mph.

.Thursday… Windy. Mostly cloudy. High 50 to 55. Wind east at 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph possible.

.Thursday Night… Windy. Mostly cloudy. Rain possible. Low 38 to 43. Wind east at 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph possible. Chance of rain 30%.

.Friday… Windy. Mostly cloudy. Occasional rain possible. High 45 to 50. Wind east to northeast at 20 to 30 mph with higher gusts possible. Chance of rain 40%.

.Friday Night… Mostly cloudy. Rain possible. Low 37 to 42. Chance of rain 40%.

.Saturday… Mostly cloudy. Rain possible. High 48 to 53. Chance of rain 20%.

.Saturday Night… Mostly cloudy. Low 37 to 42.

.Sunday… Partly sunny. High 50 to 55.

Normal High Temperature Today 59 degrees

Normal Low Temperature Today 40 degrees

Tim

9/29/09: Tuesday’s Weather Report

Issued at 7:17 PM CDT, Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Weather History:

On this date in 1984… A record low temperature of 25 degrees occurred at Duluth, MN.

Weather tidbits:

-Frost/freeze expected for most of our area Tonight

-Easterly winds to increase the next couple of days

-Big Western storm set to move into the Plains through late this week

-First snows for Northern Minnesota/Northwest Wisconsin of Autumn 2009 could fall out in the two week time period?

Strong winds affected portions of Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin on Monday due to a powerful area of low pressure (984 mb) over Central Lake Superior and an area of high pressure which was off to our northwest. Here are some of the higher wind gusts that occurred on Monday. Information provided by the National Weather Service, Duluth, Minnesota.

Grand Marais MN (Bay) 67 mph

Devils Island WI: 56 mph

Grand Marais MN (Airport) 51 mph

Silver Bay MN: 48 mph

Port Wing WI: 47 mph

Cloquet MN: 46 mph

Hibbing MN: 46 mph

Duluth MN: 45 mph

Saxon Harbor WI: 44 mph

Superior WI: 43 mph

Grand Rapids MN: 40 mph

Brainerd MN: 40 mph

Note: Average first date of frost during the Autumn season is September 20th at the Duluth Airport.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

(Today’s Weather)

Clouds which covered portions of our area This Morning gave way to Afternoon sunshine from north to south as a very dry airmass filtered south out of Central Canada into the Upper Midwest. Highs Today were in the 40s and 50s with 7 PM 850 mb temperatures ranging from +1 to +7 degrees C. The heart of the cold air which was over our area 24 hours ago has lifted into into Central-Eastern Ontario Province early This Evening where zero to -4 degree C H85 temps were found. Winds Today were much lighter compared to Monday with north or east winds under 20 mph Today. Surface map as of 7 PM featured high pressure of 1030 mb centered over Northwest Ontario Province with a ridge of high pressure 1018-1022 mb extending south into the Upper Midwest and Eastern Plains. Low pressure of 998 mb was centered over Northwest Utah.

(Today’s Upper Level Analysis)

Northwest flow aloft was in place across the Upper Midwest early This Evening with Monday’s strong H5 trough (546 meters) covering the Northeast U.S./Eastern Canada while upper level ridging (576 meters) was found across the Northern Plains. A strong storm with 60-90 meter 500 mb 12 hour height falls was found across the Western U.S. or west of the Front Range of the Rockies with a very cold upper level trough digging south-southeast out of the Pacific Northwest.

(Tonight)

Strong high pressure will cover our area Tonight with mostly clear skies and fairly light winds. This combined with a bone dry airmass with PWS around .30″ will allow surface temperatures to drop into the 20s and 30s for all of Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin. Widespread frost and a killing freeze is anticipated for most of our local area by Morning. There could also be some patchy fog Overnight. Winds will be out of the north or east under 15 mph.

(Wednesday and Wednesday Night)

Strong high pressure will be centered to our north-east during this period while a powerful upper level trough and area of low pressure continue to track east toward the Northern Rockies and Western High Plains. Look for sunny-mostly sunny skies on Wednesday with highs in the 50s to around 60 degrees. Lows Wednesday Night will be in the 30s and 40s. Winds during this period will be out of the east at 10-20 mph.

(Extended Forecast)

The period from Thursday through Saturday will be characterized by strong high pressure sitting to our north while a decent size storm tracks off to our south…most likely from Nebraska toward Chicago…then into Eastern Canada this weekend. The pressure difference between the low to our south and high pressure to our north will result in some rather gusty east winds around our immediate area later this week. 850 mb winds are forecast to range from 30-45 knots and some of this will mix down to the surface…especially near Lake Superior where wind gusts of 30 to even 40 plus mph are certainly possible toward Thursday and Friday. Rain associated with this storm will inch north and affect western-southern parts of our area from late Thursday through Saturday although the heaviest rains are expected to remain more into Western-Southern parts of Minnesota the way it looks now. Locations north of a line from Grand Rapids to Silver Bay should escape most of the rain later this week based on the latest storm track. Some lake effect rain showers could also develop and affect the North and South Shore of Lake Superior especially Friday and Saturday with favorable temperatures and winds in place.

High temperatures Thursday and Friday will be in the 40s and 50s with lows Thursday Night and Friday Night in the 30s and 40s.

Another storm system is forecast to dig into the Western U.S. this weekend and this system may affect our weather to some extent as we enter the middle portion of next week. After this storm…there is a possibility for a rather significant dump of cold air to drop south out of Central Canada into the Upper Midwest sometime late next week or next weekend which could set the stage for the first snowflakes of Autumn 2009…again though this is a long ways out and will likely see plenty of changes take place with the long range forecast models between now and then.

5 Day Forecast for Duluth/Superior

*Freeze Warning* in effect from Midnight CDT Tonight until 8 AM CDT Wednesday.

.Tonight… Fair. Widespread frost likely inland with scattered frost expected closer to Lake Superior. Patchy fog possible late. Low 30 to 35 Inland and 35 to 40 closer to Lake Superior. Wind east at 5 to 15 mph.

.Wednesday… Sunny. High 53 to 58. Wind east at 10 to 20 mph.

.Wednesday Night… Mostly clear. Low 35 to 40. Wind east at 10 to 20 mph.

.Thursday… Breezy. Increasing cloudiness. High 50 to 55. Wind east at 15 to 30 mph.

.Thursday Night… Breezy. Mostly cloudy with rain possible. Low 38 to 43. Wind east at 15 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

.Friday… Breezy. Mostly cloudy with rain possible. High 45 to 50. Wind east at 15 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

.Friday Night… Breezy. Mostly cloudy with rain possible. Low 37 to 42. Winds could gust to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

.Saturday… Mostly cloudy. Rain possible. High 48 to 53. Chance of rain 20%.

Normal High Temperature Tomorrow 59 degrees

Normal Low Temperature Tomorrow 40 degrees

Tim

9/29/09: Frost/Freeze Headline Information

Issued at 2:13 PM CDT, Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Following headlines issued by the National Weather Service, Duluth, Minnesota.

*Freeze Warning* in effect from Midnight CDT Tonight until 8 AM CDT Wednesday for the following Counties:

Koochiching MN…Itasca MN…Northern Cass MN…Northern Aitkin MN…Carlton MN…St. Louis MN…Lake MN…Cook MN…Douglas WI…Bayfield WI…Ashland WI…Iron WI…Washburn WI…Sawyer WI…and Price WI…

Some cities included in the warning are:

International Falls MN…Bigfork MN…Littlefork MN…Walker MN…Cass Lake MN…Hill City MN…Moose Lake MN…Cromwell MN…Carlton MN…Esko MN…Duluth MN…Floodwood MN…Cotton MN…Hibbing MN…Crane Lake MN…Ely MN…Hoyt Lakes MN…Two Harbors MN…Silver Bay MN…Whyte MN…Isabella MN…Forest Center MN…Tofte MN…Grand Marais MN…Grand Portage MN…Superior WI…Solon Springs WI…Patzau WI…Port Wing WI…Bayfield WI…Mason WI…Cable WI…Ashland WI…Glidden WI…Hurley WI…Upson WI…Mercer WI…Minong WI…Shell Lake WI…Hayward WI…Winter WI…Exeland WI…Park Falls WI…Phillips WI…and Ogema WI…

Combination of clear skies and light winds will cause surface temperatures to drop into the 28-33 degree range across the warning area late Tonight and early Wednesday. Some of the traditional cold spots could even dip into the middle 20s. Temperatures next to Lake Superior will be somewhat warmer and are forecast to range from 32-36 degrees. Widespread frost and a hard freeze is expected by Morning across the warning area with scattered pockets of frost expected close to Lake Superior.

A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

*Frost Advisory* in effect from Midnight CDT Tonight until 8 AM CDT Wednesday for the following Counties:

In Minnesota:

Southern Cass MN…Crow Wing MN…Southern Aitkin MN…Pine MN…and Burnett WI…

Some cities included in the advisory are:

Pine River MN…Leader MN…Pillager MN…Emily MN…Brainerd MN…Aitkin MN…Malmo MN…McGrath MN…Sandstone MN…Hinckley MN…Pine City MN…Danbury WI…Grantsburg WI…Siren WI…and Hertel WI…

Clear skies and light winds will result in surface temperatures falling into the 30-35 degree range across the advisory area which will result in the formation of frost late Tonight into early Wednesday. A few locales within the advisory area could even slip into the upper 20s for a time early Wednesday Morning.

A frost advisory means that frost is possible. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.

Tim

9/28/09: Monday’s Weather Report

Issued at 3:22 PM CDT, Monday, September 28th, 2009

Note:

On August 31st, 2009 the high temperature reached 70 degrees at the Duluth Airport which was normal for the date…Since that day we had an additional 27 days where the high temperature was at or above normal at the Duluth Airport. We racked up 28 straight days or a 4 week stretch where the high temperature was at or above normal at the Duluth Airport. During those 28 days…21 of them had a high temperature at or above 70 degrees including 2 days with a high temperature of 80 degrees! This streak ended Today, September 28th, 2009.

Local storm reports from Sunday, September 27th, 2009. Information provided by the NWS, Duluth, MN.

250 PM CDT: 0.25″ diameter hail at the Duluth Airport (St. Louis County) with lots of pea size hail at the NWS in Duluth which lasted 5 minutes.

330 PM CDT: 0.25″ diameter hail at High Bridge WI (Ashland County) measured wind gust of 37 mph. Lots of pea size hail.

425 PM CDT: 0.75″ diameter hail at Mercer WI (Iron Conty)

435 PM CDT: 0.25″ diameter hail at Kennan WI (Price County)

Note:

Incredible height falls have taken place across the Upper Midwest over the past couple of days as the atmosphere under-went a dramatic change. Here are some 500 mb height fall changes that have occurred across the Upper Midwest. Comparing September 24th to Today September 28th. Higher heights result in warmer temperatures while lower heights indicate cooler temps and strong weather systems.

International Falls MN: 7 AM September 24th, 2009: 583 meters. Today: 545 meters

Minneapolis MN: 7 AM, September 24th, 2009: 583 meters. Today: 546 meters

Green Bay WI: 7 AM, September 24th, 2009: 584 meters. Today: 540 meters

Alpena MI: 8 AM, September 24th, 2009: 582 meters. Today: 535 meters

Weather tidbits:

-Strong winds continue Tonight

-Frost/freeze threat Tuesday Night

-Developing onshore winds could keep lakeshore communities frost free Tuesday Night

-Windy/damp late week system to affect our weather

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

(Today’s Weather)

Powerful area of low pressure 984 mb was centered just northeast of Lake Huron or over the Southeast portion of Ontario Province Canada as of 3 PM Today. A secondary cold front associated with strong 2-3 mb/2 hour pressure rises has been pushing south through our local area Today with strong cold air advection developing in it’s wake. High temperatures Today were in the 40s and 50s but some locales in far Northeast Minnesota have stayed in the 38-39 degree range Today! 850 mb temperatures as of 3 PM ranged from +1 to -2 degrees C. Strong north or northwest winds affected our area Today with wind speeds of 15-30 mph along with gusts from 30 to 45 mph. Intense winds greater than 50 mph have been buffeting the Arrowhead of Minnesota Today due to the pressure difference between the strong surface low to our east and high pressure of 1028 mb which was building south into Manitoba Province Canada.

(Today’s Upper Level Analysis)

Strong H5 low (540 meters) covered the Eastern Great Lakes/Eastern Ontario Province region This Afternoon with a north-northwest flow aloft in place across the Upper Midwest. Strong jet stream winds of 110-130 knots were in place This Afternoon west-south of this intense Great Lakes storm or from Westcentral Minnesota to Central Iowa to Eastern Missouri to West Virginia. Very impressive 120-180 meter 500 mb 12 hour height falls were occurring Today over the Ohio Valley/Eastern Great Lakes region near this Autumn storm. Meanwhile a strong upper level trough with equally strong 120-180 meter 500 mb 12 hour height falls were pushing through the Pacific Northwest/Western Canada/and the Northeast parts of the Pacific Ocean. In between these two weather systems was an upper level ridge which was in place across the Northern Rockies Today.

(Tonight)

Strong winds will continue across our area with intense low pressure well to our east with strong high pressure building south-southeast out of Manitoba Province. North to northwest winds at 15-30 mph will linger This Evening with gusts from 30-50 mph for areas within about 20-30 miles from Lake Superior. Winds should subside somewhat Overnight with wind speeds in the 10-20 mph range but gusts over 30 mph should continue near Lake Superior. Look for partly-mostly cloudy skies Tonight with some rain showers at times across Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin. Lake enhanced rainfall will continue Tonight along the South Shore of Lake Superior due to favorable winds and cold enough air moving over the warmer waters of Lake Superior. Lows Tonight will be in the 30s and 40s with a threat for some patchy frost over Western parts of our area…mainly in Cass…Crow Wing…Itasca…and Koochiching Counties.

(Tuesday and Tuesday Night)

High pressure will build into the Upper Midwest during this period with a crisp early Autumn airmass overhead. Look for partly cloudy-mostly sunny skies on Tuesday with clear-partly cloudy skies Tuesday Night. Highs Tomorrow will be in the 40s and 50s with lows Tomorrow Night in the 20s and 30s. Widespread frost and a hard freeze is forecast to develop later Tomorrow Night over most of our area. Winds during this period will be out of the north, northwest, or east around 20 mph or less. With winds turning into the east this could keep temperatures warm enough to prevent frost from developing late Tuesday Night for areas in close proximity to Lake Superior…some lake clouds could also develop with such a cool airmass moving over Lake Superior.

(Extended Forecast)

High pressure will remain in control of our weather for Wednesday and Wednesday Night with highs mainly in the 50s and lows in the 30s and 40s. The period from Thursday through Saturday will feature a strong Western U.S. trough advancing slowly toward the north-east while turning negatively tilted as it does so. In other words the surface low will be slow to move in and slow to move out. The exact track of the low is somewhat uncertain Today…however the trend over the last day or two has been for a more southerly track which could result in the heaviest rainfall remaining west and south of our area with lighter rainfall this far north. Some lake effect or lake enhanced rain could even develop Friday and Saturday along the North and South Shore of Lake Superior with east-northeast winds and lowering 850 mb temperatures. Speaking of those east winds…they look to become rather gusty from Thursday through Saturday due to the pressure difference between low pressure off to our southwest-south and strong high pressure up to our north. Winds could be especially strong near Lake Superior with gusts possibly over 30 mph.

High temperatures on Thursday will be in the 40s and 50s with lows Thursday Night in the 30s and 40s. Temperatures are forecast to remain near to below average from Friday through Sunday.

5 Day Forecast for Duluth/Superior

*Wind Advisory* in effect until 7 PM CDT Tonight.

*Freeze Watch* in effect from late Tuesday Night into Wednesday Morning.

.Tonight… Windy. North to northwest winds at 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Areas of light rain showers during the Evening otherwise mostly cloudy with some clearing possible Overnight. Low 35 to 40.

.Tuesday… Partly cloudy. High 47 to 52. Wind north at 10 to 20 mph.

.Tuesday Night… Mostly clear. Areas of frost possible late. Low 30 to 35 Inland and 35 to 40 close to Lake Superior. Wind east at 5 to 15 mph.

.Wednesday… Partly cloudy. High 50 to 55.

.Wednesday Night… Partly cloudy. Low 35 to 40.

.Thursday… Increasing clouds. Breezy. High 47 to 52. East winds could gust to 25 mph.

.Thursday Night… Mostly cloudy. Breezy. Rain possible. Low 38 to 43. Chance of rain 30%. East winds could gust to 30 mph.

.Friday… Mostly cloudy. Breezy. Rain possible. High 47 to 52. Chance of rain 30%. East winds could gust to 30 mph.

Normal High Temperature Today 60 degrees

Normal Low Temperature Today 41 degrees

Tim

9/28/09: Marine Information Statement

Issued at 8:15 AM CDT, Monday, September 28th, 2009

Following marine headline information provided by the NWS Marquette and NWS Duluth.

*Storm Warning* in effect from 1 PM EDT Today until 10 PM EDT This Evening for the Open Waters of Central Lake Superior…or from Saxon Harbor WI to Upper Entrance To Portage Canal MI 5 NM Off Shore to the US/Canadian Border including Isle Royal National Park.

*Gale Warning* in effect for these same areas from 10 PM This Evening until Noon EDT Tuesday…

Expect sustained storm force winds or frequent storm force gusts from Noon EDT Today until 10 PM EDT Tonight.

During the storm warning plan on the strongest sustained winds of up to 42 knots from the north to occur around 4 PM EDT Today. Gusts up to 54 knots are also possible. Look for the largest waves of up to 24 feet to occur around 9 PM EDT Tonight.

During the gale warning plan on the strongest sustained winds of up to 38 knots from the north to occur around 10 PM EDT Tonight. Gusts up to 49 knots are also possible. Look for the largest waves of up to 24 feet to occur around 10 PM EDT Tonight.

Recreational boaters should remain in port or take shelter until winds and waves subside. Commerical vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions…and consider remaining in port or taking shelter until winds and waves subside.

*Gale Warning* is in effect for the Nearshore waters of Western Lake Superior until Midnight CDT Tonight… This warning is along a line from Bayfield to Oak Point WI…Grand Portage to Grand Marais MN…Grand Marais to Taconite Harbor MN…Taconite Harbor to Silver Bay Harbor MN…Silver Bay Harbor to Two Harbors MN…Two Harbors MN to Duluth MN…Duluth MN to Port Wing WI…Port Wing WI to Bayfield WI…Bayfield WI to Oak Point WI…Oak Point WI to Saxon Harbor WI…

Northwest winds to 30 knots with gale force gusts to 40 knots are expected across the nearshore waters of Western Lake Superior Today and This Evening. Very rough water will result as waves build to 8 to 12 feet in some areas.

Tim