Hail larger than baseball size reported near Saginaw, MN late Thursday night — Storm and Rainfall Reports from Thursday night-early Friday morning, September 16-17, 2021

Local Storm Reports from around the Northland

9/16-9/17/2021

  • 12:15 AM: Hail 1.50 inch. Munger, MN (St. Louis County) Ping pong ball size hail.
  • 12:05 AM: Hail 1.00 inch. 4 NW Hermantown, MN (St. Louis County) Quarter size hail.
  • 12:00 AM: Hail 1.00 inch. 4 SW Saginaw, MN (St. Louis County) Quarter size hail.
  • 11:58 PM: Hail 3.00 inch. 5 S Saginaw, MN (St. Louis County) Large hail led to damage to holes in canvas tents, large dents to vehicles, and leaves completely stripped off trees. Tea cup size hail.
  • 11:52 PM: Hail 0.88 inch. Cloquet, MN (Carlton County)
  • 10:45 PM: Hail 1.50 inch. 2 WSW Fredenberg, MN (St. Louis County) Ping Pong ball size hail.
  • 10:30 PM: Hail 1.00 inch. 1 NE Twig, MN (St. Louis County) Quarter size hail.
  • 10:28 PM: Hail 1.00 inch. 3 NE Twig, MN (St. Louis County) Quarter size hail.
  • 10:15 PM: Hail 1.00 inch. 4 ENE Island Lake, MN (St. Louis County) Quarter size hail.
  • 8:25 PM: Hail 1.25 inch. 6 WSW McGrath, MN (Aitkin County) Half dollar size hail.
  • 7:21 PM: Hail 1.00 inch. 1 WSW Waldeck, MN (Aitkin County) Quarter size hail.
  • 7:00 PM: Thunderstorm Wind Damage. Palisade, MN (Aitkin County) Flag poles were blown over by wind gusts.
  • 6:55 PM: Thunderstorm Wind Damage. 5 SW Gowan, MN (St. Louis County) Two trees down completely blocking roadway.
  • 6:27 PM: Hail 1.00 inch. Ironton, MN (Crow Wing County) Quarter size hail.
  • 6:25 PM: Thunderstorm Wind Damage. 4 NNW Cuyuna, MN (Crow Wing County) Several large oak trees blown down.
  • 6:21 PM: Hail 1.00 inch. 3 NW Libby, MN (Aitkin County) Quarter size hail.
  • 6:20 PM: Hail 1.00 inch. Crosby, MN (Crow Wing County) Quarter size hail.
  • 6:20 PM: Hail 0.75 inch. 1 E Crosby, MN (Crow Wing County)
  • 6:15 PM: Hail 0.50 inch. 2 NE Brainerd, MN (Crow Wing County)
  • 6:10 PM: Hail 1.25 inch. Riverton, MN (Crow Wing County) Half dollar size hail.
  • 6:08 PM: Hail 0.50 inch. 2 NW Brainerd, MN (Crow Wing County)

A larger view of severe weather reports from Thursday night.

A zoomed in view on the Northland of the severe weather reports from Thursday night.

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Some big time rain totals with last night’s thunderstorms west and north of Duluth where 2-3″ or more of rain was reported.

Rainfall Reports from around the Northland from Thursday evening-Friday morning, September 16-17, 2021

Twig, MN: 4.00″
3 ESE Twig, MN: 4.00″
4 NW Hermantown, MN: 3.49″
Sturgeon Lake, MN: 3.00″
Saginaw, MN: 2.68″
1 WSW Two Harbors, MN: 2.25″
1 SW Hinckley, MN: 1.80″
7 N McGregor, MN: 1.74″
1 N Knife River, MN: 1.65″
Two Harbors, MN: 1.57″
Wolf Ridge, MN: 1.51″
Babbitt, MN: 1.44″
Silver Bay, MN: 1.25″
Embarrass, MN: 1.20″
Duluth Airport: 1.19″
3.3 W Cloquet, MN: 1.18″
2.2 S Barnes, WI: 1.16″
Hurley, WI: 1.10″
Moose Lake, MN: 1.05″
0.3 SW Grand Marais, MN: 1.02″
Danbury, WI: 1.01″
French River, MN: 0.98″
Floodwood, MN: 0.98″
25 E Ely, MN: 0.94″
1.2 W Solon Springs, WI: 0.92″
Washburn, WI: 0.88″
South Range, WI: 0.86″
Spooner, WI: 0.85″
Chisholm-Hibbing Airport: 0.83″
Odanah, WI: 0.82″
Libby, MN: 0.80″
2.0 WNW Superior, WI: 0.80″
Minong, WI: 0.79″
3 E Wright, MN: 0.79″
Schroeder, MN: 0.77″
Ashland, WI: 0.75″
0.1 NE Hovland, MN: 0.74″
Aurora, MN: 0.74″
Hayward, WI: 0.73″
4 W Clam Lake, WI: 0.71″
Siren, WI: 0.68″
Esko, MN: 0.68″
Skibo, MN: 0.67″
Superior Airport: 0.64″
Grand Marais, MN: 0.61″
Ely, MN: 0.60″
Glidden, WI: 0.51″
Isabella, MN: 0.49″
Brainerd, MN: 0.45″
Lutsen, MN: 0.27″
Butternut, WI: 0.21″
Littlefork, MN: 0.10″
International Falls, MN: 0.06″

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…Updated precipitation totals, departures from normal and percent of mean for September 2021 (thru the 17th)

Duluth, MN

Total to date: 2.85″
Departure: +0.84″ above normal
142% of normal

Hibbing, MN

Total to date: 2.38″
Departure: +0.54″ above normal
129% of normal

Ashland, WI

Total to date: 1.76″
Departure: +0.13″ above normal
108% of normal

Brainerd, MN

Total to date: 1.35″
Departure: -0.06″ below normal
96% of normal

International Falls, MN

Total to date: 0.93
Departure: -0.84″ below normal
53% of normal

We’ve certainly seen more frequent rain events in the Northland including in Duluth over the last few weeks, shown below are calendar day precipitation totals for Duluth, Minnesota from August 21-September 17, 2021.

Some parts of the Northland were under a Tornado Watch Thursday evening, September 16, 2021 – The last time parts of the Northland was under a Tornado Watch was back on August 28, 2021, and before that you have to go back to 2019, when parts of the Northland was under a Tornado Watch, once in September of that year, and two times in July of that year.

Tim

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