/Issued 3:56 PM CDT, Thursday, August 15, 2013/
-Looking over the weather charts, I’d say the remainder of August looks a tad warm across the Upper Midwest. Will see what happens. The image below is the 6-10 day temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center, valid for August 21-25, 2013.
*Warm wave coming*
Remember the July 15-19 time frame? That was a warm period here in Duluth with 3 days in the 90s and the other 2 days in the 80s. This next shot of warm air arrives Friday and should linger thru the weekend and possibly even well into next week. Will it be as toasty as what we saw during the mid-July time frame? Will have to wait and see. Needless to say a shift in the pattern is occurring…
Note: Abnormally dry conditions now cover 31% of Minnesota this week compared to 29% last week. 1% of Minnesota remains in moderate drought (small part of NW Minnesota) No changes in Wisconsin as 23% of the state is abnormally dry. (Source, Climate Prediction Center)
Today’s Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Outside of a few puffy fair weather cumulus clouds the Northland saw a good amount of sunshine Today with pleasant temperatures in the 70s along with light and variable winds at around 12 mph.
Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Short Term Forecast – Confidence: High.
Tonight through Friday Night (August 15-16)
The weather around here is about as dull as it can get, which isn’t a bad thing for some, for those that like it this way — enjoy! Clear to partly cloudy skies are forecast this period. Lows Tonight and Friday Night will be in the 40s and 50s. Highs on Friday will be in the 70s and 80s. Winds will be out of the south or west at 10 to 15 mph.
Extended Forecast – Confidence: High.
Saturday through Monday (August 17-19)
Warm temperatures are expected during this period with highs Saturday-Monday running in the 80s, even an outside chance of hitting 90 degrees in parts of the Northland Sunday and or Monday. Low temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s Saturday Night and Sunday Night. Dew points won’t be terribly high although they will increase into the 50s and a few 60s during this period, still not too bad though. Saturday and Sunday look dry at the moment as a cold front remains well to our west/north. May see a few showers or thunderstorms from Sunday Night into Monday.
Long Range Forecast – Confidence: High.
Near to above average temperatures are forecast through this period with a few showers or thunderstorms possible at times as the main jet stream lifts north into Canada which will carry a few disturbances/cold fronts across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest.
5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH/SUPERIOR
.Tonight… Partly cloudy. Low 50 to 55. Wind light and variable under 10 mph.
.Friday… Partly cloudy. High 80 to 85. Wind southwest at 10 to 15 mph.
.Friday Night… Mostly clear. Low 55 to 60. Wind southwest at 5 to 15 mph.
.Saturday… Partly cloudy. High 81 to 86.
.Saturday Night… Partly cloudy. Low 57 to 62.
.Sunday… Partly cloudy. High 82 to 87.
.Sunday Night… Partly cloudy. Low 60 to 65.
.Monday… Partly sunny. High 82 to 87.
Normal temperatures for Today
Sunrise Friday: 6:08 AM CDT
Sunset Friday: 8:17 PM CDT