/Issued 5:52 PM CDT, Wednesday, August 22, 2018/
Visible satellite imagery shows two fires burning late this Wednesday afternoon, one in northwest Minnesota, over northwest Beltrami County near Four Town, Minnesota, the other over southern Ontario Province. Both of these fires started this afternoon.
12z European Ensemble model 8.22.2018
18z HRRR model run
Vertically Integrated Smoke model — We got rid of most of the wildfire smoke across the Northland today, but model data shows wildfire smoke returning to the Northland on Thursday as it spreads from west to east across our area through the day.
Here’s the forecast track of Hurricane Lane through 8 AM Saturday, August 25, 2018.
(11 AM HST) Latest advisory on Hurricane Lane — Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph.
Lane was located 285 miles south of Kailua-Kona Hawaii, about 420 miles south-southeast of Honolulu Hawaii.
Movement was to the west-northwest at 8 mph.
Minimum Central Pressure: 935mb or 27.61 inches.
Climate Data for August 22, 2018
3rd coldest low temperature on record for August 22 with a low this morning of 37 degrees, this ties with August 22, 2009 and August 22, 2006 for 3rd coldest low on record. The record low temperature for August 22 is 31 degrees set in 1967.
Note: Little over a week left of Meteorological summer, the period from June 1 to August 31.
Here are the climate stats for the summer of 2018 through August 21.
Average temperature: 66.4 degrees
Departure: +2.8 degrees above normal
Total precipitation: 9.58 inches
Departure: -0.96 inches below normal
Summer 2017 climate stats for Duluth, Minn (Through August 21)
Average temperature: 63.0 degrees
Departure: -0.6 degrees below normal
Total precipitation: 14.34 inches
Departure: +3.80 inches above normal
Note: This summer is running 3.4 degrees warmer with nearly 5 inches less rain compared to the summer of 2017 through August 21 at Duluth, Minnesota.
Summer 2018 climate stats for Minnesota (Through August 21)
Average Temperature: 69.7 degrees
Departure: +1.5 degrees above normal
Total precipitation: 12.36 inches
Departure: +1.40 inches above normal
On a statewide basis, this summer is running 2 degrees warmer and around an inch wetter compared to last summer through August 21.
What a nice day! We got rid of a lot of the wildfire smoke which has been impacting our area off and on for weeks now! Lots of sunshine today with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
It’ll be a quiet night in our area under clear to partly cloudy skies, lows will be in the 40s and 50s.
High pressure which was over northeast Kansas late this afternoon heads into the Ohio Valley on Thursday with southerly winds developing on the back side of that high. Will have partly to mostly sunny skies on Thursday with highs in the mid 70s to low 80s.
A rather strong low pressure disturbance approaches from the northern Plains and will affect our weather for Thursday night and Friday, this system with its large scale lift should produce scattered rain showers in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin for Thursday night and Friday, isolated thunderstorms are also possible, but storms should be very spotty with very little instability in our area. It will be cooler on Friday due to the clouds, scattered showers and an easterly wind off Lake Superior, highs will range from the lower 60s to middle 70s.
Note: The weather pattern becomes more active beginning this weekend and lasting at least into next week. Will see a trough develop out west with a ridge to our southeast, this will cause a southwest flow to develop across the upper Midwest which will lead to bouts of warm temps and humid conditions along with rounds of showers and thunderstorms as low pressure disturbances along with their warm fronts and cold fronts pass through the region. With stronger instability, winds aloft and better wind shear, there will be a risk for a few strong to severe thunderstorms at times this weekend into next week. Heavy rain will also be a threat which could lead to some flash flooding if storms start to affect the same area over and over again.
Duluth, Minnesota Climate Normals for August 23
Sunrise Thursday: 6:17 AM CDT
Sunset Thursday: 8:05 PM CDT