/Issued 7:17 PM CDT, Wednesday, August 7, 2013/
-The image below is a radar loop from August, 6, 2013 showing the severe thunderstorms that developed in Minnesota during the late Afternoon/Evening hours on Tuesday before they ripped through parts of Wisconsin early This Morning. (Source, WeatherBELL via @RyanMaue)
*These next 2 maps are from the National Weather Service Chanhassen, Minnesota. The image on the left is a plot of hail tracks per doppler radar from Tuesday Evening. The image on the right are the storm reports from yesterday.
*Local Storm Report for August 6, 2013*
Source: National Weather Service Duluth, MN
-4:05 PM CDT: 0.25″ HAIL. 1 E of Pine River, MN (Cass County)
-4:22 PM CDT: 1.00″ HAIL. Crosslake, MN (Crow Wing County)
-4:32 PM CDT: 0.25″ HAIL. Jenkins, MN (Crow Wing County)
-4:52 PM CDT: 0.25″ HAIL. 10 ENE of Crosslake, MN (Crow Wing County)
-6:26 PM CDT: 0.75″ HAIL. 2 NNE of Henriette, MN (Pine County) Also a rotating wall cloud.
-6:45 PM CDT: HEAVY RAIN. Pine City, MN (Pine County) 1.10″ of rain between 6:20-6:30 PM.
-6:15 PM CDT: 0.75″ HAIL. Grantsburg, WI (Burnett County)
-8:06 PM CDT: 0.25″ HAIL. Mercer, WI (Iron County)
*266 preliminary severe weather reports in the U.S. on August 6, 2013. 6 tornadoes reported as well (3 in North Dakota) (3 in Wisconsin) Note: The tornadoes in Eastern Wisconsin occurred after Midnight Today which is somewhat unusual this far north. (Source, NWS/Storm Prediction Center)
Red dots=tornado reports
Green dots=large hail reports
blue dots=damaging wind reports
Rainfall report for August, 6, 2013
Source: National Weather Service Duluth, MN
International Falls, MN: 0.40″
Brainerd, MN: 0.21″
Hayward, WI: 0.35″
7 NW of Brainerd, MN: 0.27″
Dixon Lake, MN: 0.35″
Northome, MN: 0.34″
Togo, MN: 0.23″
Kabetogama, MN: 0.22″
Butternut, WI: 0.37″
Sarona, WI: 0.55″
Solon Springs, WI: 0.22″
*Rainfall map for August 6-7, 2013 ending the Morning of the 7th. Heaviest stripe of rain stretched from Western through Central and Eastern Minnesota to Central Wisconsin with amounts of a half to one inch with localized higher totals. (Source, Midwest Regional Climate Center)
Today’s Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Low pressure of 1002mb has moved into Eastern Ontario early This Evening with high pressure of 1017mb over Western Minnesota. Partly to mostly sunny skies were common in the Northland Today with high temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Winds were out of the north or west at 10 to 20 mph.
Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Short Term Forecast – Confidence: High.
Tonight (August 7)
Partly to mostly cloudy skies are forecast with a few rain showers developing later on in the night as a new cold front moves into the Upper Midwest. Lows will be in the 40s and 50s with north or west winds at 5 to 15 mph.
*21z or 4pm HRRR model run valid for 1 AM Tonight. Note the showers that move into or develop in Northern Minnesota later Tonight.
*Future radar valid for 7 AM Thursday. Could be some showers in and around the Twin Ports, North Shore, and Brainerd Lakes region for the drive to work Tomorrow Morning.
Thursday and Thursday Night (August 8)
A cold front will move south/east of the Northland on Thursday. A few showers are possible through about midday otherwise this period looks dry. Partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies are expected Tomorrow with highs in the 60s and 70s. Partly cloudy skies for Thursday Night with lows in the 40s and 50s.
Extended Forecast – Confidence: High.
Friday through Sunday (August 9-11)
There might be a few showers on Friday in far Northeast Minnesota due to an upper level low/trough which will be churning over Ontario and the Upper Great Lakes, the rest of Northern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin should stay dry on Friday. Saturday is looking dry at this time with possible showers returning on Sunday as a new disturbance approaches from the Northern Plains. High temperatures will be in the 60s and 70s from Friday through Sunday with lows Friday Night and Saturday Night in the 40s and 50s.
Long Range Forecast – Confidence: High.
Temperatures look to be close to average, perhaps a little below average on occasion, but overall there isn’t any significant warm-ups or cool snaps showing up in the long term. Could be a few showers at times on the 12th and again toward the 16th-17th.
*This is pretty cool. This map shows the number of twitter followers for each National Weather Service coverage area in the U.S. The legend is on the bottom. Note: Duluth, MN NWS is kinda lacking when compared to other regions in the U.S. (Source, Facebook via Will IAM)
5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH/SUPERIOR
.Tonight… Partly to mostly cloudy. A few showers possible after 4 AM. Low 50 to 55. Wind north at 5 to 15 mph.
.Thursday… A few showers possible during the Morning, otherwise partly to mostly sunny. High 67 to 72. Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.
.Thursday Night… Partly cloudy. Low 45 to 50. Wind west at 10 to 15 mph.
.Friday… Partly sunny. High 65 to 70.
.Friday Night… Partly cloudy. Low 45 to 50.
.Saturday… Mostly sunny. High 70 to 75.
.Saturday Night… Partly cloudy. Low 50 to 55.
.Sunday… A few showers possible. High 70 to 75.
Normal temperatures for Tomorrow
Sunrise Thursday: 5:58 AM CDT
Sunset Thursday: 8:30 PM CDT