Storm reports from Thursday (numerous reports of hail in southern portions of the Northland today) Spotty showers Friday PM; mainly dry this weekend

Local Storm Reports for September 5, 2019


  • 2:08 PM — HAIL. 1.00 inch. 3 N Winter, WI (Sawyer County) Mostly pea-sized with a few larger stones to quarter-sized.
  • 1:47 PM — HAIL. 1.00 inch. 1 NW Northwoods Beach, WI (Sawyer County) Mostly pea-sized hail with some larger to quarter-sized mixed in.
  • 1:41 PM — HAIL. 0.50 inch. Northwoods Beach, WI (Sawyer County)
  • 1:41 PM — HAIL. 1.00 inch. 2 W Northwoods Beach, WI (Sawyer County)
  • 12:40 PM — HAIL. 0.70 inch. 2 N Dairyland, WI (Douglas County) Dime-sized hail covered the ground.
  • 1:39 PM — HAIL. 0.25 inch. 12 ENE Gordon, WI (Douglas County)
  • 11:23 AM — HAIL. 0.70 inch. Bruno, MN (Pine County) Spotter reported dime-sized hail in Bruno. Only hail was falling and no rain.
  • 11:09 AM: HAIL — 0.88 inch. 2 SSW Sturgeon Lake, MN (Pine County)
  • 11:08 AM: HAIL — 0.88 inch. 1 S Sturgeon Lake, MN (Pine County) Hail lasted about one minute.
  • 10:25 AM: HAIL — 1.25 inch. 1 SW Tamarack, MN (Aitkin County) Half dollar sized hail.
  • 10:24 AM: HAIL — 0.70 inch. 5 NNW Kimberly, MN (Aitkin County)
  • 10:20 AM: HAIL — 1.50 inch. 4 ENE Hassman, MN (Aitkin County) Ping Pong ball sized hail along with some tree damage on the south side of French Lake.
  • 10:16 AM: HAIL — 0.50 inch. 2 ENE Hassman, MN (Aitkin County)
  • 10:16 AM: HAIL — 0.88 inch. 1 SW Tamarack, MN (Aitkin County)
  • 10:10 AM: HAIL — 1.00 inch. 1 WSW Waldeck, MN (Aitkin County) Mostly pea-sized hail with a few to the size of quarters.
  • 10:07 AM: HAIL — 1.00 inch. 7 N McGregor, MN (Aitkin County) Quarter size hail.
  • 9:49 AM: HAIL — 0.50 inch. 2 S Emily, MN (Crow Wing County) Very brief period of 1/2 diameter hail.
  • 9:44 AM: HAIL — 0.70 inch. 1 WSW Waukenabo, MN (Aitkin County)
  • 9:40 AM: HAIL — 0.25 inch. 6 SW Finlayson, MN (Pine County)
  • 9:21 AM: HAIL — 0.25 inch. Outing, MN (Cass County) Ten minutes of pea sized hail was reported at the Outing Post Office.
  • 9:10 AM: HAIL — 0.75 inch. 2 S La Prairie, MN (Itasca County)
  • 9:00 AM: HAIL — 0.25 inch. 2 N Remer, MN (Cass County) Hail was pea sized or a little larger.
  • 9:00 AM: HAIL — 0.25 inch. 2 SSE La Prairie, MN (Itasca County) Hail lasted 2 to 3 minutes.
  • 8:30 AM: HAIL — 0.88 inch. 3 NNE Merrifield, MN (Crow Wing County)
  • 8:20 AM: HAIL — 0.70 inch. 1 NNE Lake Shore, MN (Cass County)
  • 8:18 AM: HAIL — 0.75 inch. 2 NW Nisswa, MN (Crow Wing County)
  • 7:50 AM: HAIL — 1.00 inch. 3 SE Pine River, MN (Cass County) Quarter size hail.
  • 7:50 AM: HAIL — 1.75 inch. 2 S Pine River, MN (Cass County) Golf ball size hail.
  • 7:41 AM: HAIL — 0.88 inch. 7 WSW Oshawa, MN (Cass County)
  • 7:40 AM: HAIL — 0.75 inch. 2 W Pine River, MN (Cass County)
  • 7:23 AM: HAIL — 0.70 inch. Backus, MN (Cass County)

Rainfall Reports for September 5, 2019


  • Pine River, MN: 0.66″
  • Cass Lake, MN: 0.52″
  • Glidden, WI: 0.49″
  • Hayward, WI: 0.45″
  • Duluth, MN (Airport) 0.44″
  • Clam Lake, WI: 0.43″
  • Walker, MN: 0.34″
  • Superior, WI (Airport) 0.33″
  • Grand Rapids, MN: 0.31″
  • Minong, WI: 0.31″
  • Solon Springs, WI: 0.28″
  • Washburn, WI: 0.25″
  • Ashland, WI: 0.17″
  • Two Harbors, MN: 0.16″
  • Grand Marais, MN: 0.15″
  • Chisholm-Hibbing Airport: 0.13″
  • Eveleth-Virginia, MN: 0.11″
  • Moose Lake, MN: 0.05″
  • Hinckley, MN: 0.05″
  • International Falls, MN: 0.05″

System responsible in bringing showers and thunderstorms to parts of the Northland today continues to drop S-SE into central Minnesota late this Thursday afternoon per Goes-16 visible satellite imagery. Source:

Radar loop from Thursday, September 5, 2019 (ending around 12:30 PM) It was an active morning and early afternoon in southern portions of the Northland with numerous reports of hail as thunderstorms moved from northwest to southeast today, these storms also produced downpours and cloud to ground lightning.

Doesn’t look nearly as rainy Friday as it was on Thursday, in fact much of the area should remain dry on Friday, but a few spotty showers could develop Friday afternoon into early Friday evening. Source: 18z HRRR model;

Quite a temperature contrast in place across the region today.

Low temperature forecast for Friday morning, September 6. Source:

High temperature forecast for Friday, September 6

Seeing some signs in model guidance for an active wet pattern across the upper Midwest next week. Source:

Latest on Hurricane Dorian as of 5 PM EDT, Thursday, September 5, 2019; source:

  • Location: About 45 miles south-southeast of Myrtle Beach South Carolina; about 85 miles south-southwest of Wilmington North Carolina
  • Maximum sustained winds: 105 mph
  • Present movement: NE at 10 mph
  • Minimum central pressure: 960 mb; 28.35″

Dorian will continue to pick up forward momentum through the weekend as it passes close to North Carolina through Friday, after that Dorian will remain offshore as it passes east of the northeast U.S. on Saturday.

Dorian has produced about a dozen tornadoes today in eastern North Carolina. A tornado threat continues tonight in eastern North Carolina.

Here’s a look at Hurricane Dorian per Goes-16 infrared satellite imagery from Thursday, September 5, 2019. Source:

…Weather Summary…

After a rainy and stormy Thursday in the Northland, the weather the next few days will be quieter.

Areas of fog and drizzle along with scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will continue this evening in parts of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin as low pressure continues to track SE out of central Minnesota. This system will be far enough away from the area by late tonight which will end the rain threat.

Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with lows in the 40s and 50s. North, south or east winds will become north-northwest later in the night.

Partly to mostly cloudy skies Friday with isolated afternoon showers possible. Highs will range from the middle 60s to lower 70s with northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Cooler Saturday but it still looks like will be dry in the Northland as showers associated with a system moving out of the Northern Plains passes to our south. Highs Saturday in the mid 50s to mid 60s with north winds shifting to the east later in the day. Note: There is a chance for patchy frost Sunday morning, especially in the Arrowhead (inland from Lake Superior) widespread frost is not expected at the moment.

Another rain event looks to impact the Northland sometime in the Monday-Tuesday (September 9-10 time frame) and there could be another rain event toward late next week.


Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight… Areas of fog and drizzle this evening with a few showers. Mostly cloudy. Low 50 to 55. Wind east 10 to 15 mph, becoming north 10 to 20 mph late.

.Friday… Partly to mostly cloudy. Isolated afternoon showers possible. High 67 to 72. Wind northwest 10 to 20 mph.

.Saturday… Partly to mostly cloudy. High 60 to 65. Wind north 10 to 15 mph becoming east.

Normal temperatures for Friday

  • High 69
  • Low 50
  • Sunrise Friday 6:35 AM CDT
  • Sunset Friday 7:39 PM CDT

Thanks for reading!

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