Radar loop ending at 5:15 PM, Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
Seeing a little bit of rain late this Tuesday afternoon in parts of north-central and east-central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, movement of this rain is to the east-northeast.
18z NAM-WRF model 4-30-19
Not expecting any heavy amounts of precipitation in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin through early Thursday morning, but we will see a few rounds of light rain and wet snow pass through the area with dry hours mixed in.
Note: A coating of slushy snow accumulation is possible in some parts of the Northland late tonight-Wednesday morning, and again Wednesday night, but no impacts to travel are expected.
Goes-16 infrared satellite loop from Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
It’s been a stormy day across parts of the Southern and Central Plains with over a dozen tornado reports so far today from central/eastern Oklahoma, far southeast Kansas, far southern Missouri and far northern Arkansas.
Goes-16 water vapor satellite loop from Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Active weather pattern in place with a ridge over the southeast U.S. and a trough over the western U.S. Southwest flow between the ridge and trough with multiple disturbances ejecting E-NE out of the western U.S. leading to heavy rain (flooding) and severe weather from the Southern Plains to Ohio Valley.
12z European ensemble model 4-30-19
Temperature anomaly forecast valid through May 15, 2019.
For those looking for persistent warmth in the Northland, I have bad news, there really isn’t any at least through mid May. We’re looking at cooler than normal temperatures in our area for the next 2 weeks, but will likely get an occasional warm spike mixed in, but overall the cooler than normal temperature trend looks to continue for a while longer.
Blue and green colors=Below normal temperatures
Orange and red colors=Above normal temperatures
May Climate Stats for Duluth, Minnesota
Averages (1981-2010 Climate period)
Temperature: 51.4 degrees
Precipitation: 3.23 inches
Snowfall: 0.4 inches
Number of 70 degree days: 8
Number of 80 degree days: 2
Number of days with snowfall 0.1 inch or greater: 1
Average date for last freeze: May 20 (low temperature of 32 F or colder)
Normal high on the 1st: 57 degrees
Normal high on the 31st: 67 degrees
Normal low on the 1st: 36 degrees
Normal low on the 31st: 45 degrees
Warmest: 57.7 degrees set in 2018
Coldest: 38.8 degrees set in 1907
Wettest: 7.99 inches set in 1899
Driest: 0.15 inches set in 1976
Snowiest: 8.1 inches set in 1954
May astronomical data
Sunrise on the 1st: 5:54 AM CDT
Sunrise on the 31st: 5:18 AM CDT
Sunset on the 1st: 8:19 PM CDT
Sunset on the 31st: 8:53 PM CDT
Forecast for Duluth
.Tonight… Breezy. Mostly cloudy. Occasional light rain and drizzle. Snow could mix in at times. Areas of fog. Low 33 to 35. Wind east to northeast 15 to 25 mph.
.Wednesday… Windy. Mostly cloudy. Occasional light rain and drizzle. Snow could mix in at times especially in the morning. High 35 to 38. Wind east to northeast 15 to 30 mph.
.Thursday… Light rain or snow possible early. Mostly cloudy with some clearing possible in the afternoon. High 48 to 53. Wind east 5 to 15 mph becoming west.
Normal temperatures for May 1
May 1 Sunrise: 5:54 AM CDT
May 1 Sunset: 8:19 PM CDT