/Issued 4:12 PM CDT, Monday, September 23, 2013/
*12-hour water vapor satellite loop from Today. A nice looking storm coming out of Colorado (note the comma head configuration) in Central Nebraska – that’s a potent little beast! Perhaps this feature will return down the road? (Source, unisys weather)
Today’s Weather Summary for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin
Low pressure of 999mb was over far Southwest Manitoba with another low of 997mb over Northwest Kansas late This Afternoon. A cold front was over the Central Dakotas. The Northland saw another day of sunshine and mild early fall temperatures with highs in the 60s to lower 70s with slightly cooler temperatures along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Winds were out of the south or east at 10 to 20 mph.
Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin
Short Term Forecast – Confidence: High.
Tonight (September 23)
Partly cloudy skies ought to continue with lows in the 40s and 50s. South or east winds are expected at 5 to 15 mph.
Tuesday and Tuesday Night (September 24)
A weakening cold front and area of low pressure will move into the Upper Midwest during this period. Partly to mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast with the possibility for a few isolated Afternoon/Evening rain showers mainly over the Western portion of the area. Highs Tomorrow will be in the 60s and 70s with lows in the 40s and 50s. South or east winds will continue at 5 to around 20 mph.
*Here’s the surface map forecast valid for late Tuesday PM. A weakening cold front over the Red River Valley in NW Minnesota may be enough to produce some showers Tomorrow in Western/Northern Minnesota. (Source, NCEP/WPC)
Extended Forecast – Confidence: High.
Wednesday through Friday (September 25-27)
Dry weather is expected on Wednesday and most of Thursday. Could see some showers develop late Thursday Night with a better chance for showers occurring on Friday as an upper level trough and low pressure system make a move toward the Upper Midwest. High temperatures will be in the 60s and 70s from Wednesday through Friday with lows Wednesday Night and Thursday Night in the 40s and 50s.
Long Range Forecast – Confidence: High.
(September 28-October 3)
A chance for rain will continue on Saturday (28th) as low pressure and an upper level trough continue to affect the area. This system should exit to our east on Sunday with dry weather returning to the Northland at that time. Near normal temperatures are expected through this period.
*Here’s the 7-day precipitation forecast valid thru Monday, September 30, 2013. Model trends still look promising for some rain sometime Friday-early Sunday in NE Minnesota/NW Wisconsin, timing could be better, but we do need the moisture. Duluth is over 2″ below average in the rainfall department this month alone with little to no rain expected until later this week. (Source, Weather Prediction Center)
5 DAY FORECAST FOR DULUTH/SUPERIOR
.Tonight… Mostly clear. Low 47 to 52. Wind east to southeast at 10 to 15 mph.
.Tuesday… Partly to mostly cloudy. High 65 to 70. Wind south to southeast at 10 to 15 mph.
.Tuesday Night… Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 48 to 53. Wind southeast at 5 to 15 mph.
.Wednesday… Partly cloudy. High 67 to 72.
.Wednesday Night… Partly cloudy. Low 45 to 50.
.Thursday… Partly sunny. High 65 to 70.
.Thursday Night… Mostly cloudy. Low 50 to 55.
.Friday… Showers possible. High 63 to 68.
Normal temperatures for Today
Sunrise Tuesday: 6:58 AM CDT
Sunset Tuesday: 7:02 PM CDT