Hazy skies; spotty storms this evening; warm and dry Wednesday

*18 days so far this month with a high temperature of at least 80 degrees in Duluth, the record for most 80 degree days in July was set in 2012 with 25 days with a high temp of at least 80 degrees. In order to break the record from 2012 will need to hit 80 degrees every day for the rest of this month.

*Yes it’s been a dry July in Duluth with just 0.72 inches of rain through 7 AM July 23. If the month ended today July 2019 would rank as 4th driest July on record in Duluth. The good news is that we had a rather wet late winter and spring around here which is keeping us away from more severe drought conditions, instead we’re just looking at short term or abnormally dry conditions in parts of the Northland, but getting hit by one or two thunderstorms would change that.

Low temperature forecast for Wednesday morning, July 24.

One nice thing about the pattern this week is that it cools off nicely at night, the reason behind this is due to the dry air that is over the area unlike last week when we had a very muggy airmass covering the Northland with dew points of 65 to 75 degrees, a lot harder for temperatures to drop off at night when you such high dew points like we had last week.

Overnight lows tonight will range from the lower 50s to lower 60s.

Source: https://graphical.weather.gov

High temperature forecast for Wednesday, July 24.

Another good day to be at the beach or on a lake (if you have that option) Widespread 80s across the Northland on Wednesday.

We are seeing a few isolated showers and thunderstorms moving south-southeast through parts of the Northland as of 5:45 PM. A cell northwest of Duluth could impact parts of the city by 7 PM (if it holds together) Brief downpours, wind gusts to 25 mph and occasional lightning are possible in the strongest storms. These showers will diminish through the evening.

Canadian wildfire smoke has made its way back into the upper Midwest due to the upper level winds coming out of the north/northwest which is helping to push some smoke south into our area.

Source: https://rapidrefresh.noaa.gov

Wildfire smoke is forecast to linger across the area on Wednesday, but less smoke is forecast on Thursday as winds aloft shift to the southwest which will push the smoke north/east and away from our area.

…Weather Summary…

Isolated showers or thunderstorms continue to move south/southeast through parts of the Northland late this afternoon, this activity will diminish by late evening.

Mainly dry overnight into Wednesday, should be a decent amount of sun once again on Wednesday with a few clouds and possibly a pop-up shower during the afternoon in far northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, but most of us stay dry.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible Thursday and Friday as low pressure, cold front and upper level trough move through the upper Midwest. Note: The best chance for some rain looks to be from Thursday evening through the overnight hours. Spotty storms remain possible Friday, but this will depend on the timing of the cold front and upper trough.


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