/Issued 10:31 AM CDT, Sunday, April 22, 2018/
Red Flag Warning and Fire Weather Watch is in effect through this evening for parts of northern Minnesota.
Temperature departure map for the week of April 15, 2018 — Another week that had below average temps across all of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. We did see a nice warm up later in the week, but high temps were only a few degrees above average, so the week overall was below average, again.
Precipitation departure map for the week of April 15, 2018. Below average precip in parts of northern Minnesota with near/above average precipitation in northwest Wisconsin, eastern Minnesota and near Lake Superior (Majority of this precip fell last Sunday, since then it’s been dry)
Temperature and Precipitation report for Duluth, Minnesota
April 15-21, 2018
High Temperatures/Departure from Average
*=Record Cold High temperature for the date
4/15: *26 F/-23 degrees below average
4/16: 32 F/-18 degrees below average
4/17: 42 F/-8 degrees below average
4/18: 40 F/-11 degrees below average
4/19: 54 F/+3 degrees above average
4/20: 56 F/+4 degrees above average
4/21: 57 F/+5 degrees above average
Low Temperatures/Departure from Average
4/15: 21 F/-9 degrees below average
4/16: 21 F/-9 degrees below average
4/17: 21 F/-10 degrees below average
4/18: 26 F/-5 degrees below average
4/19: 20 F/-12 degrees below average
4/20: 32 F/Average
4/21: 28 F/-4 degrees below average
Note: Average temperature for the week of April 15, 2018: 34.0 degrees (-6.9 degrees below average) Source: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us
Total Precipitation: 0.64 inches
Departure: +0.05 inches above average
State Average for Minnesota for the week of April 15, 2018
Temperature: 31.4 degrees
Departure: -14.0 degrees below aveage
Precipitation: 0.74 inches
Departure: +0.15 inches above aveage
…5th latest first 50 degree temperature on record at Duluth, Minnesota (Dating back to 1875)
Note: The first 50 degree temperature this year occurred on April 19, 2 months later than in 2017 when the first 50 occurred on February 17! The average date for first 50 degree temperature at Duluth, Minnesota is March 18.
Top 5 latest dates for first 50 degree temperature at Duluth, Minnesota
1: May 1, 1917
2: April 23, 1904
3: April 22, 1975
4: April 21, 1983
5: April 19, 2018
•Next up, first 60 degree temperature — The average date for first 60 is April 8; Last year the first 60 came right on schedule on April 8. I think will hit 60 in Duluth for the first time on Monday, April 23, but it could even happen today, April 22, regardless it’ll be about 2 weeks later than average.
•Seasonal snowfall total at Duluth, Minnesota for 2017-2018 is at 91.7 inches — This is the most snow since 2013-2014 when 131.0 inches of snow fell.
April 2018 Snowiest April in history at the following locations in Minnesota
Tracy: 37.0 inches
Canby: 36.9 inches
Bricelyn: 33.3 inches
Montevideo: 33.0 inches
Lakefield: 32.1 inches
Dawson: 32.0 inches
Winnebago: 31.5 inches
Milan: 29.7 inches
Marshall: 27.0 inches
Minneapolis/St. Paul: 26.1 inches
Our stretch of wonderful spring weather will continue through Monday. More sunshine today with highs across the Northland in the 50s and 60s but a lake breeze will keep things cooler closer to Lake Superior (highs upper 30s to upper 40s)
A cold front will approach the area from the west on Monday but will stay ahead of this front through the day which will keep us in the mild air along with breezy southwest winds, highs on Monday will be in the 60s, with the warmest locations reaching the mid to even upper 60s! Note: Probably will be another elevated fire weather risk day in parts of the Northland on Monday, and fire weather watches/warnings may be needed.
Not much precipitation is expected as the cold front moves through Monday night, but a few rain showers are possible Tuesday behind the front, but again not expecting a lot of rain the way it looks now. Highs on Tuesday are forecast to be in the 40s and 50s.
Near to below average temperatures are expected from Wednesday through Friday, with another cold frontal passage occurring sometime Wednesday night or Thursday. A few rain showers or maybe even a few snow showers will be possible later this week, mainly in the Thursday-Friday time frame, with any snow showers confined to the Thursday night-Friday time frame. No significant amounts of rain or snow are expected, however, for later this week.
Average Temperatures for April 22 at Duluth, Minnesota
Sunrise Monday: 6:07 AM CDT
Sunset Monday: 8:08 PM CDT