/Issued 3:01 PM CDT, Sunday, October 8, 2017/
Note: Temperatures will be cooling off the next few days, but there are still many locations in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin that have yet to have their first freeze of the fall season (Low temperature of 32 degrees) The map below shows the average time frame for the first fall freeze. In Duluth and Superior usually late September. Minneapolis area early October. So some of us have a chance to get that first fall freeze Monday night or Tuesday night of this week — Nothing unusual about getting frost now that we’re into the second week of October.
Temperature departure map for the week of October 1, 2017.
Precipitation departure map for the week of October 1, 2017. Rainfall totals last week were 3-5 times more than what typically falls during the first week of October across much of the upper Midwest.
Temperature and Precipitation report for Duluth, Minnesota
October 1-7, 2017
High temperature/Departure from normal
10/1: 61 F/+3 degrees above normal
10/2: 59 F/+1 degree above normal
10/3: 66 F/+9 degrees above normal
10/4: 56 F/-1 degree below normal
10/5: 56 F/-1 degree below normal
10/6: 55 F/-1 degree below normal
10/7: 64 F/+8 degrees above normal
Low temperature/Departure from normal
10/1: 51 F/+11 degrees above normal
10/2: 51 F/+11 degrees above normal
10/3: 47 F/+8 degrees above normal
10/4: 40 F/+1 degree above normal
10/5: 39 F/Normal
10/6: 34 F/-4 degrees below normal
10/7: 48 F/+10 degrees above normal
Note: Average temperature at Duluth, MN for the week of October 1: 51.9 degrees (+4.0 degrees above normal) Source: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us
Total precipitation: 2.15 inches
Normal: 0.79 inches
Departure: +1.36 inches above normal
State Average for Minnesota for the week of October 1, 2017
Temperature: 54.6 degrees
Departure: +3.5 degrees above normal
Precipitation: 2.53 inches
Departure: +1.86 inches above normal
A very nice fall day across the Northland under mostly sunny to partly sunny skies. There have been a few sprinkles or light showers moving through far northern Minnesota today but the majority of the area was dry. Highs today ranged from the mid to upper 50s in northern Minnesota (Near average high temps for October 8) While mid to upper 60s with even a few 70 degree temperatures were found in east central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin (Around 10-15 degrees above normal) Surface map at 2 PM had a cold front extending from eastern Lake Superior through western Wisconsin and southern Minnesota — Cooler airmass behind that boundary today with 850mb temperatures of zero to -6 C from far northern North Dakota and Montana north into Alberta and Saskatchewan Provinces in Canada, ahead of this cold front, H85 temperatures were in the +8 to +12 C range.
A stretch of dry weather continues most of this week in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.
A cooling trend begins tonight as cold air advection pushes SE into our area behind today’s cold frontal passage. These cooler temperatures will stick around Monday and Tuesday with some milder temps returning mid to late week. No major storms affecting us through Friday (13th) in fact little to no rain is expected through the end of the week the way it looks now.
Low temperatures tonight ranging from the lower 30s to lower 40s with upper 20s possible in far northern Minnesota. Highs Monday in the mid 40s to mid 50s – So quite a bit cooler than what some of us had Sunday afternoon but nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year. Lows Monday night will be in the 20s and 30s with highs Tuesday in the upper 40s to lower 50s.
Forecast for Duluth and Superior
Event: *Freeze Watch*
Timing: Monday evening through Tuesday morning
.Tonight… Clear to partly cloudy. Low 39 to 44. Wind northwest at 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 20 mph.
.Monday… Cooler. Partly to mostly cloudy. High 48 to 53. Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph.
.Monday night… Mostly clear. First freeze of the fall season? Low 30 to 35. Wind northwest around 10 mph.
Normal temperatures for Monday
Sunrise Monday: 7:19 AM CDT
Sunset Monday: 6:32 PM CDT