Author: Gino Recchia

Wisconsin Tornado Strength Upgraded

The severe thunderstorm that caused tornado damage in Polk, Barron, Rusk, and Price county has been increased to an EF 3 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale with maximum sustained winds at 140mph. There was some recently discovered evidence near Conrath where a home was completely destroyed with no interior walls remaining. There was also significant tree damage as well….

10 Year Anniversary of Northland Blizzard

A powerful winter storm aimed at the Northland at the end of February and continued through the Beginning of March. It was an interesting setup that began this storm.  The winter of 2006-2007 was observed by a weak El Nino which typically calls for warmer temperatures and less snowfall. The winter season was just that with snowfall well below average….

2016-2017 Meteorological Winter Among Warmest on Record

It is March first and that means it is the beginning of meteorological spring. Astronomical spring begins later this month on the 20th which is when the plane of earth’s equator passes through the center of the sun. We have seen some interesting stats from this past winter with Duluth averaging a temperature of 18.1 degrees. That makes it the…

Friday Snow Storm Likely A Miss For Some Northland Areas

For over a week now the meteorological community has been monitoring what appears to be a strong winter storm that is poised to move through the Central Plains and the Upper Midwest. As we began to get closer to this upcoming Friday which is when this storm will occur, the models have been drifting the snow storm from impacting the…

Update on Fridays Winter Storm

Winter weather will be making a comeback with some rain and snow showers tomorrow and also some light accumulations north of the Highway 2 corridor. Only a dusting to an inch of snow is likely. The main system that has the potential for more than a half foot of snow is expected on Friday where a center of low pressure…

Snow Storm Possible This Friday

The Northland has been under a very strange pattern of very warm air and now even has the possibility of seeing thunderstorms Monday as a cold front sparks off instability in the afternoon. The word on the street however is the snowfall that will occur on Friday. So far what we know is that there is a storm system that…

Cold Morning, Overnight Snow

A high pressure brought cold temperatures to the Northland both yesterday and today. We had winds blowing in from the west and northwest in the last 48 hours that brought wind chills into the -20s to the -30s. Actual temperatures were the coldest this morning in Northeast Minnesota where the greatest impact of the cold air was observed. We will…

February 7, 2017 Winter Storm Recap

A prolonged winter weather event moved through the Northland in the last 24 hours with two waves of snowfall. The first band of snow moved into the area after midnight and produced 1-4 inches of snowfall. This was the first low pressure that passed through the Upper Midwest with a secondary low pressure farther south in Iowa that absorbed the energy…

Second Round of Snow Continues Overnight

After a Mid-January Thaw, winter is back in the Northland with a Canadian Clipper bringing beneficial snowfall to all the trails and slopes across the area. The latest snowfall reports so far across the Northland from 8 PM tonight shows 5 inches of snow in Wrenshall with numerous other locations seeing 4 inch amounts. Snow is expected to continue for…

Accumulating Snowfall Looking More Likely Early Next Week

For some time now, we have been monitoring the possibility of a snow system that would affect the Northland or at least parts of the Northland community from Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon. We have seen several different solutions in the forecast model outputs of the storm. The setup we have is a low pressure Canadian Clipper that will move…

Accumulating Snowfall Possible Tuesday Into Wednesday

A snow storm is currently moving through the Rockies and will eventually push out and develop a new surface low pressure that will carry through the Midwest. We already have winter storm watches in effect because of this upcoming storm system. Up until today, we have seen the track of the storm staying farther southward which would keep the Northland…

One More Round of Snow, Then Cold

Snowfall is leaving the Northland this afternoon and visibilities are beginning to improve but winds are starting to pick up from the northwest which will cause some flowing and drifting of the fresh snowfall especially on open roadways. Northwest Wisconsin is still seeing some snowfall but by this evening that should end as well. Currently Cornucopia tops the list with…

Several Snow Systems to Build Up Accumulations This Week

The first chance of snow is ongoing today. We have a weak level of low pressure in South Dakota that is transporting moisture northward to the Northland. It is also getting assistance from the arctic high pressure that brought in all the cold temperatures earlier this week. Snowfall amounts with this clipper will be a dusting along the Borderlands and…

Second Round of Snow Expected Tonight

A prolonged snowfall event has accumulated a few inches of snow from yesterday evening. We had the greatest amounts to the north of the Twin Ports. In in the Duluth area, Taft had 1.8 inches, 1.4 inches in Wrenshall, One inch in Lester Park and Lakeside in Douglas County, and 0.6” in Hermantown at the Duluth International Airport.  Farther north,…

First Snow Storm of 2017

We are starting off the new year with a winter snow storm that is poised to move through the Northland in the next 48 hours. Snow is already developing and should continue to increase in coverage as it moves through Southern Minnesota to the Northeast. Snow should begin by midnight for areas in Aitkin, Pine, and Carlton Counties. Soon to…

Christmas Weekend Winter Storm

The real headline this week will be during this upcoming weekend with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on Saturday and Sunday respectively. We are concerned about the potential of a snow storm somewhere in the Upper Midwest. Right now confidence is growing that somewhere in North Dakota, Minnesota or Wisconsin will see potentially significant snowfall. The map below shows the computer…

Two Snow Clippers During Next 48 Hours

We had some snow early this morning which was the first of three clippers moving along the Canadian Border. The second clipper will move through tonight with once again a chance of snow from along and North of Highway 2.   A dusting of snow will be seen along Highway 2 with near 2 inches of snow along the Borderlands….

Coldest Morning Since January 17th

The coldest temperatures in 11 months moved through the Northland overnight and held a strong hold through the morning and afternoon. Temperatures plunged well below zero with the coldest overnight low temperatures in Embarrass at -38, Cotton at -35, Eiffie and -34, and Pine River at -33. It was -21 at the Duluth International Airport, the coldest since January 17th…

El Niño In The Northland, Part 2

A Warmer Winter Will Affect Northland Businesses

Through the first half of November, the average temperature for Duluth has been the second warmest on record. While we have cooled off to more seasonable values, lately snow cover is still lacking. Northland businesses are feeling the impact because of this, some for the better, others, for worse.