Happy Tuesday! Winter Storm Watch southeast of Duluth for Wednesday Evening-Thursday Evening; Flooding continues in parts of the Northland as well; A gloomy 3-5 days ahead.

/Issued 3:47 PM CDT, Tuesday, April 30th, 2013/

7-day precipitation forecast from the Weather Prediction Center. 

This is valid through Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

Still looking at a widespread 1-4″ of precipitation from Southern to Eastern Minnesota through much of Wisconsin and Upper Midwest.  Lesser amounts in Western/Northern Minnesota.

Here’s the Significant River Flood Outlook issued by the Weather Prediction Center. 

This is valid through May 5, 2013.

*Flooding is occurring or is imminent in areas in solid red.

*The other outlined areas have the potential for significant river flooding during the next 5 days.

*WINTER STORM WATCH*
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Location: 

All of Northwestern Wisconsin.

Timing:  

Wednesday Evening through Thursday Evening.

Counties included in the watch:

Douglas WI
Bayfield WI
Ashland WI
Iron WI
Burnett WI
Washburn WI
Sawyer WI
Price WI

Some cities included in the watch are:

Superior…Solon Springs…Port Wing…Washburn…Bayfield…Drummond…Cable…Ashland…Clam Lake…High Bridge…Butternut…Gile…Upson…Hurley…Danbury…Grantsburg…Siren…Minong…Shell Lake…Spooner…Hayward…Exeland…Park Falls…Phillips…and Ogema.

Discussion:

An early May snow event is possible in Northwest Wisconsin from Wednesday Evening through Thursday.  Rain or a mix of rain and snow can be expected on Wednesday with the precipitation becoming all snow Wednesday Night.  The snow could become heavy at times Wednesday Night and Thursday Morning.  Use extreme caution if you have plans to travel Wednesday Night or Thursday.  Some roads may become snow and slush covered and very slippery.  Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.

Winds and visibility:

Wind won’t be much of an issue with this system, but visibilities could drop to around one quarter mile at times in the heavier snowfall.

Total snowfall accumulations:

4-8″ of snow is possible in the watch area.  The greatest accumulations should occur on grassy surfaces.  Lesser impacts are expected on roads and sidewalks, although even those surfaces may have some accumulation on them especially late Wednesday Night into Thursday Morning.

*Local Storm Report for April 30, 2013*
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

-Grand Portage, MN (Cook County)  0.25″ HAIL.  9:56 AM CDT.

-Illgen City, MN (Lake County)  0.75″ HAIL.  7:41 AM CDT.

-Little Marais, MN (Lake County)  0.50″ HAIL.  7:41 AM CDT.

-Illgen City, MN (Lake County)  0.25″ HAIL.  7:37 AM CDT.

-Silver Bay, MN (Lake County)  1.50″ HAIL.  7:35 AM CDT.

-Beaver Bay, MN (Lake County)  0.25″ HAIL.  7:27 AM CDT.

-Silver Bay, MN (Lake County)  0.50″ HAIL.  7:28 AM CDT.

-Two Harbors, MN (Lake County)  0.25″ HAIL.  6:30 AM CDT.

-Larsmont, MN (Lake County)  0.25″ HAIL.  6:30 AM CDT.

-8 ENE of Boulder Lake, MN (St. Louis County)  0.25″ HAIL.  6:34 AM CDT.

Today’s Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Deep low pressure of 989mb was over Western Ontario as of 3 PM with a 997mb low over Western Lake Superior.  A cold front was pushing into Central Wisconsin with a secondary cold front over Northwest Minnesota.  Well, the 2013 thunderstorm season started off with a bang This Morning.  Lots of elevated instability helped to ignite scattered strong to severe thunderstorms in Northeast Minnesota This Morning with several reports of small hail, and even 1 report of large hail (Ping Pong ball size) in Silver Bay.  By This Afternoon the weather quieted down under partly to mostly cloudy skies.  It was another mild day as we close out the month of April.  Highs were in the 60s and 70s with 50s in Northern Minnesota and a few lower 80s in Northwest Wisconsin.  Winds Today were out of the southwest or west at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast – Confidence:  Low.

Tonight (April 30th)

Partly to mostly cloudy skies will continue Tonight with a cold front over Northwest Minnesota late This Afternoon pushing southeast and through most of our area during the night.  Some rain should develop Tonight, mainly in Eastcentral Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.  Northern Minnesota should stay dry.  Lows will be in the 20s in Northern Minnesota with 30s and lower 40s elsewhere.  Winds will turn to the northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday and Wednesday Night (May 1st)

A cold front will stall out south/east of the Northland with a very strong baroclinic zone (temperature gradient) over the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes.  Occasional rain will occur Tomorrow in Eastern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin but as colder air mixes down from aloft the rain will likely mix with or change to snow at times during the day Tomorrow, even colder air is forecast to move in Wednesday Night and that should result in mostly snow as the precipitation type in Northwest Wisconsin, far Eastern Minnesota and far Northeastern Minnesota.  Highs Tomorrow will be in the 30s and 40s with lows Tomorrow Night in the 20s and 30s.  Winds will be out of the north or northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

4″ or greater snowfall probability forecast for Wednesday Night and Thursday per Weather Prediction Center.

Blue=Slight risk for at least 4″ of snow.
Green=Moderate risk for at least 4″ of snow.

Extended Forecast – Confidence:  Low.

Thursday through Saturday (May 2nd-4th)

An unusual weather pattern will develop this period as a large ridge (block) sets-up to our east while a cut-off low takes shape somewhere over the Central Plains.  This cut-off low will then be forced north due to the ridge to our east.  This will be a very slow moving weather system and it’s possible that parts of the Northland will get at least some precipitation every day from Thursday-Saturday.  At the moment the greatest chance for precip looks to be in Northwest Wisconsin and far Eastern Minnesota with Northern Minnesota possibly remaining dry through Saturday.

As for precipitation types:  Snow or rain on Thursday, but then warmer air pushes in from the east and that should result in mostly rain for Friday and Saturday.

Highs will be in the 30s and 40s on Thursday with 40s and 50s Friday and Saturday.  Lows Thursday Night will be in the 20s and 30s.  Lows Friday Night mainly in the 30s.

Long Range Forecast – Confidence:  Medium.

(May 5th-9th)

A cut-off low may still be affecting our weather on Sunday-Monday (5th-6th) with possible rain showers at times.  Another system could affect the Upper Midwest sometime around the 7th-8th with showers or thunderstorms.  Near to below average temperatures are forecast through this period.

5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH/SUPERIOR

*WINTER STORM WATCH FOR SUPERIOR*
Timing:  Wednesday Evening through Thursday Evening.

.Tonight…  Considerable cloudiness.  Low 35 to 40.  Wind southwest becoming northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

.Wednesday…  Occasional light rain possible.  Mostly cloudy.  High 45 to 50.  Wind northwest at 10 to 15 mph.

.Wednesday Night…  Rain or snow possible.  Mostly cloudy.  Low 30 to 35.  Wind north to northwest at 5 to 15 mph.

.Thursday…  Rain or snow possible.  Mostly cloudy.  High 40 to 45.

.Thursday Night…  Mostly cloudy.  Showers possible.  Low 30 to 35.

.Friday…  Mostly cloudy.  Showers possible.  High 40 to 45.

.Friday Night…  Mostly cloudy.  Showers possible.  Low 30 to 35.

.Saturday…  Mostly cloudy.  Showers possible.  High 40 to 45.

Normal temperatures for Today

High:  57
Low:  36

Sunrise Wednesday:  5:53 AM CDT
Sunset Wednesday:   8:19 PM CDT

Tim

Flood information statement; Oh and winter weather headlines may be needed for parts of the Northland Wed-Thu.

/Issued 10:45 AM CDT, Tuesday, April 30th, 2013/

NWS hazards map.

Numerous flood warnings and advisories are in effect in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin, details below.

Flood information statement
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

————————————————————————————————————

*FLOOD WARNING*

Location:  The St. Louis River at Scanlon.

Timing:  Late Tonight through late Thursday Night.

Stage as of 8:30 AM CDT Tuesday:  9.9 feet.

Flood stage:  10.5 feet.

Forecast:  The river is expected to rise to near flood stage after Midnight Tomorrow.

At 10.5 feet property flooding occurs at 2 businesses in Scanlon.  This crest compares to a previous crest of 12.4 feet on July 10, 1999.

————————————————————————————————————

*FLOOD WARNING*

Location:  The Mississippi River at Aitkin affecting Aitkin County.

Timing:  Until further notice.

Stage as of 9:30 AM CDT Tuesday:  12.0 feet.

Flood stage:  12.0 feet.

Minor flooding is forecast.

Forecast:  Rise above flood stage by This Evening and continue to rise to near 13.5 feet by early Sunday Morning.

At 13.0 feet some roads are covered with water.

This crest compares to a previous crest of 15.4 feet on April 16, 1922.

————————————————————————————————————

*FLOOD WARNING*

Location:  The Mississippi River near Fort Ripley affecting Morrison and Crow Wing County.

Timing:  From Wednesday Morning until further notice.

Stage as of 9 AM CDT Tuesday:  9.7 feet.

Flood stage:  10.0 feet.

Minor flooding is forecast.

Forecast:  Rise above flood stage by Tomorrow Morning and continue to rise to near 10.5 feet by Friday Evening.

At 11.0 feet this will cause minor flooding of rural areas near Fort Ripley.

This crest compares to a previous crest of 12.2 feet on May 18, 1999.

————————————————————————————————————

*FLOOD ADVISORY*

Location:  Southeastern St. Louis in Northeast Minnesota.

Timing:  Until 10:45 PM CDT Tonight.

At 10:42 PM Monday water covered the road at the Intersection of Lakewood Road and Pioneer Road near the French River.  The road is closed per law enforcement.

————————————————————————————————————

*FLOOD ADVISORY*

Location:

-Southeast Carlton County Minnesota.
-Northern Ashland County Wisconsin including the city of Ashland. 
-Bayfield County Wisconsin.
-Northern Iron County Wisconsin.
-Northern Douglas County Wisconsin.

————————————————————————————————————

Tim

Flood Advisory for Carlton, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland and Iron Counties. Scattered showers/isolated t’storms late Tonight-Tuesday AM; Mild on Tuesday; Colder mid-late week; Snow?

/Issued 4:02 PM CDT, Monday, April 29th, 2013/

4″ or greater snowfall potential for Wednesday Night and Thursday.  (Source, Weather Prediction Center)

Green=Moderate risk for at least 4″ of snow.
Blue=Slight risk for at least 4″ of snow.

 

12″ or greater snowfall potential for Wednesday Night and Thursday.  (Source, Weather Prediction Center)

Blue=Slight risk for at least 12″ of snow.

*FLOOD ADVISORY*
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Location:  Southeast Carlton County Minnesota.  Northern Ashland including the city of Ashland, Bayfield, Northern Douglas and Northern Iron County in Wisconsin.

Valid:  Until 3:30 PM CDT Thursday.

Discussion:  A small stream flood advisory for rain and melting snow has been issued for parts of the Northland. 

Some locations that will experience minor flooding include: 

-The Montreal River in Hurley. 
-The Bad River Headwaters east of Mellen. 
-The Bad River from Mellen to Odanah. 
-The Whittlesey Creek near Ashland. 
-The Nemadji and Poplar River in Douglas County. 

Excessive runoff from spring snow melt and potential rainfall will cause elevated levels on small creeks and streams and ponding of water on country roads and farmland along the banks of creeks and streams.

Today’s Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

A nice spring day throughout the Northland under partly to mostly sunny skies.  Highs were in the 60s to lower 70s with some 50s in parts of Northern Minnesota and also in Downtown Duluth and in Superior.  Note:  Today marked the 4th day in a row with a high temp of at least 60F at the Duluth Airport.  Winds Today were south, north or east at 5 to 15 mph.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Short Term – Confidence:  High.

Tonight (April 29th)

A strong area of low pressure(989-994mb)  is forecast to move through the Northern Plains and Western Minnesota Tonight.  A warm front and cold front attached to this low will be moving into the Northland later Tonight.  A strengthening low level jet of 30-50 knots is expected to develop later Tonight with a strong surge of warm and moist advection spreading into the Northland as this system approaches.

Partly to mostly cloudy skies are forecast Tonight with scattered showers and a few thunderstorms developing, especially after Midnight.  The amount of MUCAPE (elevated instability) is actually quite impressive for the time of year with values of 500-1000 j/kg Overnight along with lifted indices of 0 to -4C per latest model guidance.

Lows Tonight will be in the 40s to lower 50s with 30s closer to Lake Superior.  South or east winds are forecast at 10 to 20 mph.

Tuesday and Tuesday Night (April 30th)

Deep low pressure moves into Ontario this period with a cold front passing through Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin prior to Tuesday Afternoon.  Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms are possible on Tuesday, but this threat will end from west to east once the cold front moves through.  A few showers could return to parts of our area Tuesday Night.  Highs Tomorrow will be in the 50s and 60s with a few 70s possible mainly in Northwest Wisconsin.  Lows Tomorrow Night will be in the 30s to lower 40s.  Winds will be out of the south, west or north at 10 to 20 mph.

Extended Forecast – Confidence:  Low.

Wednesday through Friday (May 1st-3rd)

This period could feature some interesting weather in parts of our area, but the computer models continue to display vastly different solutions as to where a band of precipitation sets-up, and how much of it falls as snow.  Stay tuned!

Here’s what is known:  A cold front will stall out south/east of our area from mid to late week while a very strong area of high pressure (1045mb) sets-up to our west/north.  This high will pull cold air down into the Upper Midwest while moisture runs up and over that stalled boundary to our SE.  Another key component to this forecast will be a developing ridge to our east, how far west that ridge is will determine where the rain or snow will be from Wednesday-Friday.

At this time it appears that Northwest Wisconsin and far Eastern Minnesota have the best chance at seeing snow or rain during this period while Northern Minnesota remains generally dry.  There is a potential for several inches of snow accumulation especially in the Wednesday Night/Thursday time frame in far Eastern MN and Northwest WI.

High temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s during this period with lows Wednesday Night and Thursday Night in the 20s and 30s.

*15z 4.29.13 SREF snowfall accumulation forecast for 7 AM Thursday.  Certainly something to keep an eye on as there could be a band of sticking snow stretching from the Central Plains to the Northern Great Lakes later this week.

Duluth needs 6.0″ of snow to tie the snowiest year on record 1995-1996 with 135.4″.
Duluth needs 2.4″ of snow to tie the 2nd snowiest year on record 1949-1950 with 131.8″.

Long Range Forecast – Confidence:  Medium.

(May 4th-8th)

A cutoff low and an upper level trough is forecast to move north/northeast out of the Central Plains and into the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes from Saturday-Monday (4th-6th)  Temperatures should warm enough by this time so that if precipitation occurs it would fall as rain.  There’s another system targeting the Upper Midwest early next week, probably on Tuesday/Wednesday (7th-8th)  This one could bring showers or thunderstorms to the Northland.  Near to below average temperatures are forecast through this period.

5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH/SUPERIOR

.Tonight…  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Showers or isolated thunderstorms possible mainly after 4 AM.  Low 37 to 42.  Wind east at 10 to 20 mph.

.Tuesday…  Scattered showers or isolated thunderstorms possible mainly before 11 AM.  Partly to mostly cloudy.  High 63 to 68.  Wind east to southeast at 5 to 15 mph during the Morning, becoming west at 10 to 20 mph.

.Tuesday Night…  Mostly cloudy.  Showers possible.  Low 35 to 40.  Wind northwest at 10 to 15 mph.

.Wednesday…  Mostly cloudy.  Showers possible.  High 45 to 50.

.Wednesday Night…  Mostly cloudy.  Rain or snow possible.  Low 30 to 35.

.Thursday…  Mostly cloudy.  Rain or snow possible.  High 35 to 40.

.Thursday Night…  Mostly cloudy.  Rain or snow possible.  Low 30 to 35.

.Friday…  Mostly cloudy.  Rain possible.  High 40 to 45.

Normal temperatures for Today

High:  56
Low:  36

Sunrise Tuesday:  5:55 AM CDT
Sunset Tuesday:   8:18 PM CDT

Tim

Flood Warning in effect for the Mississippi River at Aitkin and Fort Ripley, MN; Civil Emergency for a part of Western Upper Michigan-details in this post.

/Issued 2:21 PM CDT, Monday, April 29th, 2013/

*NWS hazards map.

Green=Flood Warning.

Note:  The light pink area, east of Ironwood, Michigan is a Civil Emergency Message.  The 20 mile stretch of M-28 between Bruce Crossing and Bergland, Michigan is now closed due to flooding.  This closure will continue until further notice.  (Source:  NWS Marquette, MI)

*FLOOD WARNING*
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Location:  The Mississippi River at Aitkin affecting Aitkin County Minnesota.

Valid:  This Evening until further notice.

Stage as of 1:30 PM CDT Monday:  11.6 feet.

Flood stage:  12.0 feet.

Forecast:  Minor flooding is forecast to begin This Evening and may last through next Monday, May 6th, 2013.  A crest of 14.1 feet is expected later this week, most likely either Thursday or Friday, May 2nd or 3rd.

*Hydrograph for the Mississippi River at Aitkin.

*FLOOD WARNING*
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Location:  The Mississippi River near Fort Ripley affecting Morrison and Crow Wing County Minnesota.

Valid:  Until further notice.

Stage as of 1:00 PM CDT Monday:  9.1 feet.

Flood stage:  10.0 feet.

Forecast:  Minor flooding is expected this week, possibly lasting through next Monday, May 6th, 2013.  A crest of 11.3 feet is forecast later this week, most likely on Thursday or Friday, May 2nd-3rd.

*Hydrograph for the Mississippi River in Fort Ripley.

Tim

A few showers Tonight with isolated t’storms also possible; Dry with 50s/60s Monday-cooler near Lake Superior (what a surprise)

/Issued 4:05 PM CDT, Sunday, April 28th, 2013/

*7-day precipitation forecast from the Weather Prediction Center.

Valid through next Sunday, May 5th, 2013.  Much of Minnesota could receive a half inch or more of rain through next weekend.  Heaviest swath of rain 1-3″ may setup from Southern Minnesota through much of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

Today’s Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Another mild spring day in most of the Northland with highs in the 60s and 70s along with south or southwest winds at 10 to 20 mph.  As usual the exception to all this wonderfully warm weather was near the head of Lake Superior where the marine layer has been stuck since last Friday, highs were only in the 40s in Downtown Duluth Today with 50s in Superior with northeast winds around 5-15 mph.  Skies were partly sunny to mostly cloudy Today with scattered showers mainly affecting Western-Northern parts of our area.  As of 3 PM, a cold front was over Western Minnesota with a pre-frontal trough extending from Eastcentral to Southwest Minnesota. 

Weather Tidbits:

*13″.  The snow depth at the Duluth Airport has shrunk by 13″ between April 21 and April 28.  25″ last Sunday, down to 12″ as of 7 AM Today.  I’m expecting the snow depth to be down to virtually nothing by this time next week at the Duluth Airport, sooner in other parts of the Twin Ports.

*Flood Watch*
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Location:  The Mississippi River at Aitkin, affecting Aitkin County in Eastcentral Minnesota.

Timing:  Tuesday Morning until further notice.

Stage as of 2:30 PM CDT Sunday:  10.8 feet.

Flood stage:  12.0 feet.

Forecast:  Minor flooding is expected to begin on Tuesday.  A crest of around 13.8 feet is possible later this week with at least minor flooding expected to continue through next weekend.

*Hydrograph for the Mississippi River near Aitkin, MN.


*Flood Watch*
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

Location:  The Mississippi River near Fort Ripley, affecting Crow Wing and Morrison County in Eastcentral Minnesota.

Timing:  Tuesday Afternoon until further notice.

Stage as of 2:00 PM CDT Sunday:  8.4 feet.

Flood stage:  10.0 feet.

Forecast:  Minor flooding is expected to begin on Tuesday with a crest of around 11.1 feet possible later this week.  At least minor flooding is possible through next weekend.

*Hydrograph for the Mississippi River at Fort Ripley, MN.

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Short Term Forecast – Confidence:  High.

Tonight (April 28th)

A pre-frontal trough and cold front will be moving through our area Tonight.  Late Afternoon mesoanalysis shows CAPE of around 500 j/kg or less with lifted indices around 0 to -2C.  Lapse rates were very steep and varied between 7.5-8.5 c/km.  Moisture isn’t the best, however which is typical for this time of year.  Dew points were generally in the 40s along and ahead of the boundaries This Afternoon with PWS at or less than 0.80″.  Lift/convergence along the aforementioned trough and cold front combined with the ingredients already in place should be enough to fuel scattered showers in the Northland with isolated thunderstorms also possible.

In Northeast Minnesota, the best chance for rain should be before 10 PM.  Rain chances may linger most of the night across Northwest Wisconsin.

Lows Tonight will vary from the 20s in Northern Minnesota with 30s and 40s elsewhere.  Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected with south/west winds becoming north/northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Monday and Monday Night (April 29th)

A weak area of high pressure will move through the Northland on Monday resulting in dry weather under partly to mostly sunny skies, highs will be in the 50s and 60s with cooler temps near Lake Superior.  By Monday Night the chance for showers will increase from west to east as low pressure along with a warm front and cold front approach the Upper Midwest from the Northern Plains.  Lows Tomorrow Night will be in the 30s and 40s with south or east winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Extended Forecast – Confidence:  Medium.

Tuesday through Thursday (April 30th-May 2nd)

Low pressure will pass northwest of our area on Tuesday while a cold front sweeps through Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.  Showers are possible at times on Tuesday as this system rolls through.  Wednesday and Thursday may turn out to be dry over most of our area, but that’ll depend on how far east a cold front gets by mid-week.  If it stalls out farther west then expect more rain at times from Tuesday Night through Thursday, but if it stalls farther south/east, then the bulk of the rain should setup from Southern Minnesota into Northcentral Wisconsin Tuesday Night through Thursday. 

Highs on Tuesday will be in the 50s and 60s.  Cooler weather returns Wednesday and Thursday with highs mainly in the 40s.  Lows Tuesday Night will be in the 30s to lower 40s.  Lows Wednesday Night will mainly be in the 30s.

Long Range Forecast – Confidence:  Medium.

(May 3rd-7th)

Still looking at a large cutoff low pressure system developing south of Minnesota during this period.  This system will move very slowly toward the Great Lakes from the 4th-6th.  Periods of rain are possible across the Northland from the 3rd-6th.  Below average temperatures are forecast through this period.

*500mb forecast for Friday, May 3, 2013.  A cutoff low/trough covering the Plains.  This will be a slow moving system once it develops.

*500mb forecast for Sunday, May 5, 2013.  Notice the track of the upper low and how slow it moves.  SW Missouri area Friday AM to Southern Iowa Sunday AM.  Yikes.

(Source, Weather Prediction Center) 

Temperature report for Duluth, Minnesota (Airport location)

Highs for April 21-27, 2013:

4/21:  38F/14 degrees below normal
4/22:  40F/13 degrees below normal
4/23:  42F/11 degrees below normal
4/24:  42F/12 degrees below normal
4/25:  44F/10 degrees below normal
4/26:  62F/7 degrees above normal
4/27:  67F/12 degrees above normal

Lows for April 21-27, 2013:

4/21:  21F/11 degrees below normal
4/22:  32F/1 degree below normal
4/23:  30F/3 degrees below normal
4/24:  21F/13 degrees below normal
4/25:  27F/7 degrees below normal
4/26:  37F/3 degrees above normal
4/27:  35F/Normal

Precipitation total for April 21-27, 2013:  0.80″
Average:  0.64″
Departure:  +0.16″

*Temperature departure map for April 21-27, 2013.  Another week with colder than normal temps in the Midwest.

 *Precipitation departure map for April 21-27, 2013.

(Source:  Midwest Regional Climate Center)

5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH/SUPERIOR

.Tonight…  A few showers possible mainly before 10 PM.  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 35 to 40.  Wind southwest at 10 to 20 mph becoming northwest later This Evening.  Northeast winds closer to Lake Superior becoming northwest late.

.Monday…  Partly cloudy.  High 56 to 61 but cooler near Lake Superior.  Wind north to northeast at 10 to 15 mph.

.Monday Night…  Increasing cloudiness.  Showers possible Overnight.  Low 37 to 42.

.Tuesday…  Considerable cloudiness.  Showers possible.  High 55 to 60.

.Tuesday Night…  Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low 35 to 40.

.Wednesday…  Mostly cloudy.  Showers possible.  High 45 to 50.

.Wednesday Night…  Mostly cloudy.  Showers possible.  Low 30 to 35.

.Thursday…  Mostly cloudy.  Showers possible.  High 40 to 45.

Normal temperatures for Today

High:  56
Low:  35

Sunrise Monday:  5:56 AM CDT
Sunset Monday:   8:17 PM CDT

Tim