/Issued 4:30 PM CDT, Sunday, June 3, 2018/
Water vapor satellite image and analysis for June 3, 2018
Visible satellite loop from Sunday, June 3, 2018 — Strong and slow moving low pressure system affecting the Great Lakes today with chilly temps and widespread low cloud cover. Skies are slowly clearing, however, from west to east this afternoon.
Precipitation Departure map for the week of May 27, 2018 — One of the big weather stories last week were the frequent rainfalls that hit parts of the Northland. Total rainfall for the week ranged from 2 inches to over 5 inches with the highest totals found near Lake Superior from Two Harbors and Duluth, east to the South Shore. Farther north, International Falls had 1.51 inches of rain last week which is still a good amount of rain over a 7-day period.
Temperature Departure map for the week of May 27, 2018.
2018 Ice Concentration graph for Lake Superior (Red line on map) Blue line represents the long term ice concentration (1973 to 2017) In 2018, ice concentration was at its highest in February and March, generally above average during most of that time. April saw near average ice concentration, with a brief spike to above average.
Temperature and Precipitation report for Duluth, Minnesota
May 27 through June 2, 2018
High Temperatures/Departure from Normal
*=Record High Temperature broken for the date
5/27: *88 F/+23 degrees above normal
5/28: 81 F/+15 degrees above normal
5/29: 71 F/+5 degrees above normal
5/30: 66 F/Normal
5/31: 77 F/+10 degrees above normal
6/1: 50 F/-17 degrees below normal
6/2: 48 F/-19 degrees below normal
Low Temperatures/Departure from Normal
5/27: 54 F/+10 degrees above normal
5/28: 60 F/+16 degrees above normal
5/29: 54 F/+10 degrees above normal
5/30: 55 F/+11 degrees above normal
5/31: 50 F/+5 degrees above normal
6/1: 42 F/-3 degrees below normal
6/2: 40 F/-5 degrees below normal
Note: Average temperature for the week of May 27: 59.7 degrees (+4.4 degrees above normal) Source: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us
Total Precipitation: 2.51 inches
Normal: 0.78 inches
Departure: +1.73 inches above normal
State averages for Minnesota for the week of May 27, 2018
Temperature: 72.0 degrees
Departure: +11.7 degrees above normal
Precipitation: 0.98 inches
Departure: +0.17 inches above normal
•In addition to Duluth having its 3rd wettest June 2 on record on Saturday (0.97 inches of rain) International Falls had its 5th wettest June 2 on record (1.02 inches of rain) and Hibbing had its 3rd wettest June 2 on record on Saturday (0.76 inches of rain)
•Wettest June 2 on record at Superior, Wisconsin — Total rainfall on Saturday was 3.88 inches. The previous wettest June 2 was in 2014 with 1.12 inches of rain.
Another cool day in most of the area today as widespread clouds lingered most of the day behind an area of low pressure which was north of Lake Superior this afternoon. Light rain continued today in far northeast Minnesota with patchy drizzle for the Iron Range, Twin Ports and northwest Wisconsin areas. Farther west, skies were clearing nicely this afternoon, and temperatures have responded with 4 PM temperatures in the mid to upper 60s in the Brainerd area, but temperatures elsewhere thanks to the clouds were in the 50s. A gusty northwest wind today from 10 to 25 mph.
Clearing skies from west to east this evening over most of the Northland while far northeast Minnesota will be dealing with overcast skies and more light rain or drizzle through the evening hours. Lows tonight ranging from around 40 to 50 degrees.
Partly to mostly sunny skies on the way for Monday with highs ranging from the 60s in far northern Minnesota to the 70s elsewhere while the Brainerd area could be up close to 80 degrees. Northwest wind at 10 to 20 mph with a few higher gusts possible. All in all not a bad Monday, and we should have more sunshine on Monday compared to what we had over the weekend.
Changes take place once again for Tuesday and Wednesday as the east wind returns, although it doesn’t look as strong as it was this past Friday or Saturday, but still strong enough to produce cool temperatures near Lake Superior Tuesday and Wednesday with highs probably staying in the 50s, but inland locations are expected to have high temperatures in the upper 60s to middle 70s for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Low pressure approaching from the northern Plains could produce some more showers in parts of the Northland from late Tuesday night into Wednesday — A decent amount of elevated instability is forecast to move into parts of the area late Tuesday night through Wednesday and be accompanied by steep mid level lapse rates greater than 7.0 c/km especially near and south of the Highway 2 corridor in northeast Minnesota and over all of northwest Wisconsin. 700mb temperatures are expected to be up to around +11 or +12C over the southwest half of Minnesota on Wednesday which could keep that area capped, so what may happen is for scattered thunderstorms to develop north of this cap while impacting portions of central and eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, some of this activity could extend far enough north to impact parts of the Northland as well. Stay tuned.
Forecast for Duluth and Superior
.Tonight… Decreasing cloudiness. Breezy. Low 47 to 52. Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph this evening.
.Monday… Breezy. Milder. Partly to mostly sunny. High 70 to 75. Wind northwest at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph.
.Tuesday… Partly to mostly cloudy. High 60 to 65, cooler near Lake Superior. Wind east at 10 to 15 mph.
Normal Temperatures for June 4
Sunrise Monday: 5:17 AM CDT
Sunset Monday: 8:58 PM CDT