/Issued 8:40 PM CDT, Sunday, June 17, 2018
PDF Situation Report from the National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota
Local Storm Reports for June 17, 2018
7:31 PM CDT: Heavy Rain — 4.17 inches. 6 W Castle Danger, MN (Lake County) Rainfall since last evening. Some flooded roads in this area.
7:08 PM CDT: Heavy Rain — 3.10 inches. 3 SSW Bruno, MN (Pine County)
6:55 PM CDT: Heavy Rain — 1.80 inches. 1 N Cloquet, MN (Carlton County) Rainfall total just since this morning.
5:30 PM CDT: Heavy Rain — 5.50 inches. 2 NW Kerrick, MN (Pine County) Total rainfall accumulation since Friday.
5:15 PM CDT: Flood — 3 SSE Moquah, WI (Bayfield County) Bridge damaged near US Highway 63 and US Highway 2. US-63 and 2 closed to Drummond, WI. Cars have driven onto flooded roadways and been stranded.
5:03 PM CDT: Thunderstorm Wind Damage — 2 W Mercer, WI (Iron County) Power poles broken.
4:45 PM CDT: Heavy Rain — 4.69 inches. 5 NW Two Harbors, MN (Lake County) Total rainfall accumulation since last night.
4:30 PM CDT: Flash Flood — 12 WNW Cable, WI (Bayfield County) Denver Road closed due to water over the road from the Ounce River. 7.90 inches of rain from 9:30 PM last night to 4:30 PM today. Trees down along highway.
4:21 PM CDT: Flood — 1 SSE Duluth, MN (St. Louis County)
3:29 PM CDT: Hail — 0.50 inch. 2 ESE Bennett, WI (Douglas County)
3:20 PM CDT: Thunderstorm Wind Damage — 1 NE Solon Springs, WI (Douglas County) Tree downed in Solon Springs on South Beach Ave.
2:10 PM CDT: Thunderstorm Wind Damage — 1 E Lawler, MN (Aitkin County) 100 foot roof on barn ripped off. Several large trees down.
2:10 PM CDT: Hail — 1.25 inch. 2 ENE Waldeck, MN (Aitkin County) Half Dollar sized hail.
4:30 AM CDT: Flash Flood — 1 SE Ino, WI (Bayfield County) Keystone Road washed out by North Fish Creek.
4:30 AM CDT: Flash Flood — 3 SSW Barksdale, WI (Bayfield County) Roadway flooded near the Intersection of US-2 and County Highway G near North Fish Creek.
2:20 AM CDT: Thunderstorm Wind Damage — 1 SE Little Round Lake, WI (Sawyer County) Lac Coutre Oreilles Emergency Management reported numerous trees down, around 8 to 12 inches in diameter. Three of the trees fell onto structures and cars. Bulk of the trees fell south of Junction of Froemel Road and Trepania Road.
1:40 AM CDT: Thunderstorm Wind Damage — 4 ENE Webster, WI (Burnett County) Report of trampoline, garbage canisters, and a boat were blown over. Also, some metal was blown off a structure.
Note: Social Media links for road closure information — Numerous roads in northwest Wisconsin are closed with some chunks of roads completely gone.
Note: Historic flooding has also hit portions of upper Michigan, especially in the Keweenaw Peninsula, some links to follow the flooding in upper Michigan:
The last few days have been insane in parts of the Northland with incredible amounts of rain causing major flooding especially in parts of northwest Wisconsin. I guess this is becoming the new normal around here, a major flood event or two every summer.
The weather pattern locked up with a ridge to our SE and trough to our W — Extremely humid air thanks to a SW flow aloft was in place over the upper Midwest for the last few days, this combined with a nearly stationary frontal boundary led to clusters of strong to severe thunderstorms, with these storms training in some locations for several hours with incredible rainfall rates due to the record or near record levels of moisture in the atmosphere.
The good news is that the potential for additional heavy rain is ending. Some showers will linger most of the night in northwest Wisconsin, then we should have mainly dry weather along with some sunshine the next few days in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The bad news is that the damage has already been done, and its going to take days if not weeks or even months to recover in the hardest hit areas.
Some sun is expected for Monday and Tuesday, but some patchy fog or low clouds could be found at times near Lake Superior through Tuesday as winds shift to the northeast.
Lows tonight will be in the upper 40s in far northern Minnesota to the mid 50s to low 60s elsewhere. Highs Monday in the 70s to lower 80s. Dew points which have been on the high side since Friday will also be lowering to more comfortable levels starting on Monday.