Seasonable temps for Wednesday; turning colder late this week into early next week

-Wednesday looks like a pretty nice spring day across the Northland with highs in the middle 50s to lower 60s along with quite a bit of sunshine. A lake breeze (ENE wind) is possible near Lake Superior on Wednesday which could keep temperatures in the 40s if said lake breeze is strong enough, otherwise we’re looking at winds out of the northwest at 5 to 15 mph.

-2020 Fishing Opener on Saturday continues to look dry and cool in northeastern Minnesota with early morning temperatures in the 20s, warming into the 40s and lower 50s Saturday afternoon. Winds don’t look to be a big issue at the moment with wind speeds generally in the 5 to 15 mph range.

*Record Event* Record low temperature tied for May 4th at Hibbing, Minnesota. Low temperature on Monday, May 4th, 2020 was 20 degrees, this ties the record low for the date set in 2005.

Note: On Monday, International Falls had a top 5 lowest minimum temperature on record for May 4th, while Ashland had a top 5 coldest maximum temperature for May 4th.


Well, there’s the system which a few days ago looked like it would bring some rain and possibly even some snow to parts of the Northland for today (Tuesday) but the Hudson Bay high was just too strong which deflected this system off to the west/south.

Today’s system stretches from the Northern Plains to Illinois and Ohio Valley region but is moving S/SE.

Source: Goes-16 visible imagery 5.5.2020;

Not a whole lot of change in model guidance for late this week into early next week – It still looks cold!

This next round of cold weather arrives late this week, likely peaking on Friday, then we could see a little rebound (still below normal temps) on Saturday, before possibly another round of colder weather moves in late this weekend/early next week time frame.

Record or near record cold is possible across the Northland on some days between May 8th and May 12th.

Source: 12z European ensemble model 5.5.2020;

The pattern doesn’t look very active, however for the next 2 weeks with mostly light precipitation events impacting our area resulting in below normal precipitation totals across the Northland.

Source: 12z European ensemble model 5.5.2020


Forecast for Duluth and Superior

.Tonight… Decreasing cloudiness. Low 34 to 39. Wind east 5 to 15 mph becoming light and variable.

.Wednesday… Partly cloudy. High 56 to 61 but cooler near Lake Superior. Wind north to northwest 5 to 15 mph.

.Thursday… Partly to mostly sunny. High 49 to 54. Wind north 10 to 20 mph.

Normal temperatures for May 6

High 59
Low 38

Records for May 6

High: 92 degrees set in 2016
Low: 20 degrees set in 1989

Sunrise Wednesday 5:45 AM CDT
Sunset Wednesday 8:26 PM CDT

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