Issued at 3:54 PM CDT, Saturday, March 30th, 2012
- A few Evening sprinkles/light rain showers
- Mainly dry on Sunday
- Chance for showers Sunday Night-early Tuesday, maybe some thunder in southern areas
-As of March 30th: 6,766 record high temperatures in the U.S. this month with 6,803 record high minimum temperatures. (HAMweather)
-March 2012 will likely go down as the warmest on record at Duluth, Minnesota. The average monthly temperature going into Today was 39.2 degrees. The previous warmest March was 38.8 degrees set in 1878!
-April 2012 outlook for Duluth, Minnesota: 33% chance for above normal temperatures with equal chances for above, below or normal precipitation. (CPC)
On this date in 2010 and 1986: A record high temperature of 71 degrees occurred at Duluth, Minnesota.
Today’s Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin
Another day filled with widespread low cloudiness, although skies were clearing in far Northwest parts of our area. Since the clouds stuck around through the day, high temperatures ended up much cooler than expected by some 10-20 degrees. Highs Today were mainly in the 40s with 30s in the Arrowhead. A weak cold front has been moving E-SE out North Dakota Today, this front has generated a few light rain showers/sprinkles in parts of our area Today with a little bit of snow even occurring at times in far Northeast Minnesota. Winds Today were out of the south, southwest or east at 5 to 15 mph.
Today’s Upper Level Analysis:
500mb pattern continues to feature a west-east flow across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest with a disturbance moving east into the West half of Ontario Province while an upper level ridge builds north out of the Southern Plains per water vapor satellite imagery. 850mb temperatures as of 3pm ranged from -6C in Northeast Ontario Province to +4 to +8C in Northeast Minnesota to +16C in Southwest Minnesota to +20C in Southwest Nebraska.
Note: Temperatures This Afternoon were in the mid 80s in Southern Nebraska and Western Iowa with 70s into Southwestern Minnesota.
Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin
Tonight (March 31st)
A weak cold front will be moving south and out of our area during the night. Partly to mostly cloudy skies are forecast Tonight with a few sprinkles or brief light rain showers through mid-Evening. Patchy fog is a possibility Tonight with lows mainly in the 40s with some 30s in Northeast Minnesota. Winds will become north or east at 5 to 15 mph.
Sunday and Sunday Night (April 1st)
A warm front will be centered to our west/south during this period. Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected Tomorrow and Tomorrow Night with a chance for showers by Sunday Night in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin. Highs on Sunday will range from the 40s near Lake Superior with 50s and 60s elsewhere. Lows Sunday Night will be in the 40s with 30s near Lake Superior. Winds will be out of the east or southeast at 5 to 15 mph with gusts to 20 mph. Elevated instability will be on the increase Sunday Night with MUCAPE of up to 500 j/kg, especially from Eastcentral Minnesota into Northwest Wisconsin…This could lead to a few thunderstorms by late Sunday Night with a risk for hail.
5% chance for severe weather Sunday Night in portions of the Northland. The main risk would be from large hail. (SPC)
Monday’s chance for severe weather is at 5% with large hail and possibly damaging winds being the main threats in Eastcentral Minnesota and most of Wisconsin. (SPC)
Extended Forecast, Monday-Wednesday (April 2nd-4th)
Low pressure will be passing through the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes on Monday while a cold front moves east-southeast across our area from Monday into Monday Night. Showers are possible in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin from Monday into early Tuesday with a few thunderstorms possible on Monday, mainly in Northwest Wisconsin. Dry weather should return for Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs on Monday will be in the 40s and 50s. Highs Tuesday and Wednesday should be mainly in the 50s. Lows Monday Night and Tuesday Night will be in the 30s and 40s.
Long Range Forecast (April 5th-11th)
Next Thursday and Friday should be dry. A chance for showers will return next weekend (April 7-9) as the next low pressure system and upper level trough passes through the Upper Midwest.
5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH/SUPERIOR
.Tonight… Mostly cloudy, but some clearing is possible late. Areas of fog. Low 38 to 43. Wind south to southwest at 10 to 20 mph, becoming northeast late.
.Sunday… Areas of fog early. Partly to mostly cloudy. High 52 to 57 but around 40 near Lake Superior. Wind east at 10 to 20 mph.
.Sunday Night… Mostly cloudy. Showers possible late. Low 38 to 43. Wind east at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
.Monday… Mostly cloudy. Occasional showers. High 50 to 55 but cooler near Lake Superior. Chance of rain 50%.
.Monday Night… Mostly cloudy. Showers possible. Low 35 to 40. Chance of rain 40%.
.Tuesday… Partly sunny. High 51 to 56.
.Tuesday Night… Partly cloudy. Low 33 to 38.
.Wednesday… Partly cloudy. High 51 to 56.
Normal temperatures for Today
Sunrise Sunday: 6:47 AM CDT
Sunset Sunday: 7:39 PM CDT