/Issued 4:24 PM CDT, Thursday, September 19, 2013/
Local Storm Report for September 19, 2013
Source: National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota
*11:20 AM CDT: 0.75″ HAIL. 5 SW of Pine City, MN (Pine County)
*11:20 AM CDT: THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE. 5 SW of Pine City, MN (Pine County) Several 6-8″ tree branches blown down.
*11:25 AM CDT: 0.25″ HAIL. Pine City, MN (Pine County)
*11:18 AM CDT: 0.50″ HAIL. 8 ESE of Pine City, MN (Pine County) Hail fell between 11:18-11:24 AM.
*11:18 AM CDT: THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE. 8 ESE of Pine City, MN (Pine County) Numerous aspen branches blown down. 12″ diameter poplar tree snapped 20 feet above ground level.
*11:25 AM CDT: 0.25″ HAIL. 1 WNW of Grantsburg, WI (Burnett County) Gusty winds and heavy rain also reported.
*11:45 AM CDT: 0.75″ HAIL. Siren, WI (Burnett County)
*11:42 AM CDT: 52mph THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST. Hinckley, MN (Pine County)
*11:20 AM CDT: 0.75″ HAIL. 7 SW of Pine City, MN (Pine County) Occurred at the corner of Highway 7 and County road 1.
*11:50 AM CDT: 0.25″ HAIL. 2 N of Siren, WI (Burnett County)
*11:55 AM CDT: THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE. 3 E of Siren, WI (Burnett County) 1-2″ diameter tree branches down. Pea sized hail.
*11:51 AM CDT: THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE. 3 ENE of Siren, WI (Burnett County) Pontoon boat and dock tied together flipped over on Lower Clam Lake.
*Drought update as of September 17, 2013*
Source: Climate Prediction Center
*71% of the state is abnormally dry – down from 79% last week.
*51% of the state is in moderate drought – down from 59% last week.
*7% of the state is in severe drought – same as last week.
Note: 71% of Minnesota is in no drought, down from 79% last week.
*59% of the state is abnormally dry – same as last week.
*41% of the state is in moderate drought – down from 42% last week.
*18% of the state is in severe drought – same as last week.
Note: 40% of Wisconsin is in no drought – same as last week.
Today’s Weather Summary for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Low pressure of 1002mb was over Western Ontario late This Afternoon with a cold front stretching south through Eastern Minnesota. This system combined with a strong upper level trough over the Northern Plains helped to produce areas of rain and thunderstorms in the Northland Today. Some severe thunderstorms also occurred, especially before Noon in Eastern Minnesota, Northwest Wisconsin, and early This Morning in far Northern Minnesota. High temperatures Today were in the 60s and 70s with winds out of the south, east, or west at 10 to 15 mph.
Forecast Discussion for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin
Short Term Forecast – Confidence: High.
Tonight (September 19)
Low pressure remains over Western Ontario Tonight while a strong upper trough heads into the Upper Midwest. Steady rain should end before 6 PM in the Arrowhead of Minnesota. The remainder of the night will feature partly to mostly cloudy skies with a few lingering showers possible as well. Lows will be in the 40s and 50s with west or northwest winds at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday and Friday Night (September 20)
A cooler airmass invades the Northland during this period thanks to north winds on the backside of a deep area of low pressure which will track into Northern Ontario. High temperatures Tomorrow will be in the 50s to lower 60s with lows Tomorrow Night in the 30s and 40s. North or northwest winds are forecast at 10 to 20 mph. Partly to mostly cloudy skies are forecast on Friday and there may even be a few showers that pass through the Northland.
Extended Forecast – Confidence: High.
Saturday through Monday (September 21-23)
A crisp Saturday with dry weather and highs mainly in the 50s to around 60 degrees. Lows Saturday Night will be in the 30s and lower 40s. Sunday looks dry with highs in the 50s and 60s with lows in the 40s to around 50. A few showers are possible on Monday as a low pressure system approaches from the Western High Plains – Northern Plains region. Highs on Monday will be in the 50s and 60s.
Long Range Forecast – Confidence: High.
Next week could be a little unsettled at times thanks to a mid/upper level trough which is forecast to setup over the Western U.S., this results in a moist SW flow across the Upper Midwest. Pieces of energy ejecting out of this Western U.S. H5 trough could lead to some rain at times across our area. Near to above average temperatures are forecast through this period.
5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH/SUPERIOR
.Tonight… Considerable cloudiness. Low 47 to 52. Wind west at 10 to 20 mph.
.Friday… Partly to mostly cloudy. Breezy and cooler. Spotty showers possible. High 55 to 60. Wind northwest at 15 to 25 mph.
.Friday Night… Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 37 to 42. Wind northwest at 10 to 15 mph.
.Saturday… Partly sunny. High 55 to 60.
.Saturday Night… Mostly clear. Low 35 to 40.
.Sunday… Partly cloudy. High 60 to 65.
.Sunday Night… Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 45 to 50.
.Monday… Showers possible. High 60 to 65.
Normal temperatures for Today
Sunrise Friday: 6:53 AM CDT
Sunset Friday: 7:10 PM CDT