Mild temps into next week; Mainly dry through this weekend; Fall Foliage update

A pretty quiet weather pattern for the Northland over the next few days. Along with this quiet pattern will come warmer temperatures especially on Friday.

We will have a warm frontal passage take place on Friday, and this will be followed by a cold frontal passage Saturday morning, but no precipitation is expected as those fronts move across the Northland. Note: Our next best chance for getting some rain in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin looks to be early next week (Monday-Tuesday, September 13-14).

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Mid 70s to low 80s for highs in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin on Friday (normal highs in our area on September 10th are in the upper 60s to lower 70s).

Note: 50 days so far this year with a high temp of at least 80 degrees in Duluth, normal is 27 days, and the record for most number of days at or above 80 is 53 days set in 1988. Will we tie or break this record in 2021? Time will tell.

Temperatures cool off a tiny bit Saturday with highs in the mid 60s to low 70s, except in southern portions of the Northland where low to mid 70s are likely on Saturday.

Pretty strong signals showing up in long range model guidance for a period of warmer than average temperatures across the upper Midwest and Great Lakes including for the Northland next week, with the period from ~September 16-19 possibly quite warm ( highs in the 70s & 80s?)

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A few pockets of color showing up in parts of northern Minnesota, but only 10-25% color change in spots as of September 9th, 2021.

Typically we see fall colors peak around here between mid September and early October (earliest north areas, latest south areas), but what affect the ongoing drought has on this year’s foliage remains to be seen, could be a less than stellar fall color season around here due to the drought.

Very little color so far in northwest Wisconsin.

Tim

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