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Most Number of 45 Degree or Higher Temps at Duluth for January
Today, January 10th, marks the 4th day this month that the temperature has reached at least 45 degrees. Never in recorded weather history has a January produced more 45 degree or higher temperatures in Duluth. This breaks the old record of 3 days set in 1877.
Least Snowiest Start to a Snow Season at Duluth in 49 Years
This snow season has started slowly thus far at Duluth. Average snowfall for the season through December 11th would be 22.0 inches. Duluth has received a paltry 4.3 inches of snow, 17.7 inches below average. This ranks as the 11th least snowiest start to the snow season at Duluth. Snowfall records go back to 1884 in Duluth. The last time we had such a meager amount of snow accumulation to start the season was in 1963. 45.4 inches of snow fell for the remainder of the 1962-1963 snow season, so snow lovers should not give up hope! The following is a list of the least snowiest starts to the snow season at Duluth.
1. 1.0 inch in 1888
2t. 1.1 inches in 1899
2t. 1.1 inches in 1913
2t. 1.1 inches in 1937
5. 1.3 inches in 1930
6t. 1.9 inches in 1907
6t. 1.9 inches in 1915
8. 2.7 inches in 1939
9. 3.0 inches in 1962
10. 3.6 inches in 1908
11. 4.3 inches in 2011
7th Driest Meteorological Autumn at Duluth
Since September 1st, 3.21 inches of liquid precipitation was recorded at Duluth. Only 6 other autumns to date of the 140 on record have been drier. The following is a list of the driest meteorological autumns (September 1st -November 30th) at Duluth.
1. 1.97 inches in 1952
2. 2.39 inches in 1892
3. 2.51 inches in 1976
4. 2.69 inches in 1912
5. 2.97 inches in 1939
6. 3.14 inches in 1953
7. 3.21 inches in 2011
6th Driest Meteorological Autumn to Date at Duluth
Since September 1st, 2.65 inches of precipitation has fallen at Duluth. Only 5 other autumns to date of the 140 on record have been drier. The following is a list of the driest meteorological autumns to date in Duluth.
1. 0.76 inches in 1952
2. 0.89 inches in 1892
3. 1.23 inches in 1953
4. 2.37 inches in 1976
5. 2.53 inches in 1912
6. 2.65 inches in 2011
Similarly, International Falls is having its 7th driest meteorological autumn to date. From September 1st through November 13th, 2.86 inches of precipitation has fallen. The following is a list of the driest meteorological autumns to date at International Falls.
1. 1.04 inches in 1952
2. 2.05 inches in 1987
3. 2.14 inches in 1976
4. 2.39 inches in 2002
5. 2.49 inches in 1897
6. 2.73 inches in 1990
7. 2.86 inches in 2011
Snow Season Off to a Late Start
So far this season, only a trace of snow has been reported at Duluth and International Falls. Sampling snow data from 1948, the average date of the 1st measurable snowfall at Duluth is on October 24th. The latest date that at least 0.1 inches fell was on December 5th, 2008. The average date for the 1st snowfall of at least 1 inch at Duluth is on November 4th. The latest date of a 1 inch snowfall occurred on December 5th, 2008. At International Falls, the average date of the first measurable snowfall is on October 20th. The latest date that at least 0.1 inches fell was on December 8th, 1999. The average date for the 1st snowfall of at least 1 inch at International Falls is on November 1st. The latest date of a 1 inch snowfall occurred on December 26th, 1999.
Warmest Low Temperature for So Late in the Season at International Falls Possible
The low temperature at International Falls so far today, October 7th, has been 64 degrees. Besides being the warmest low temperature for the date, it may also be the warmest low temperature ever recorded for the month of October in recorded station history. The last time a daily low temperature of at least 64 degrees occurred so late in the season at International Falls was on September 30th, 1892 when the low was also 64 degrees.
2nd Lowest Average Minimum Temperature for the Month of September at International Falls
The average low temperature for the month of September 2011 at International Falls was 37.9 degrees. This is the second lowest average minimum temperature for the month of September in recorded station history. The lowest average minimum temperature for the month was 35.9 degrees in 1956. The average minimum temperature for September at International Falls is 41.8 degrees. Three consecutive daily low temperatures from the 14th to the 16th helped achieve this mark, including the coldest temperature ever recorded for the month of September...19 degrees on the 15th.
Coolest High Temperature Recorded in over 4 Months at Duluth
The high temperature reached 47 degrees today, September 22nd at Duluth. This is the coolest high temperature recorded since May 2nd when the high was 40 degrees.
1st Recorded Temperature in the Teens for the Month of September at International Falls
The low temperature at 7:06 am this morning at International Falls was 19 degrees. This breaks the record low for a September 15th, 24 degrees, set in 1964. This is the coldest temperature reported for so early in the season. This also marks the first time in station history that a temperature in the teens has been recorded in the month of September.
5th Consecutive Day of an 80 Degree Temperature at Duluth
Today, September 12th ,marks the 5th consecutive day of an 80 degree temperature at Duluth. Only two other stretches have been as long or longer than this in the month of September. Six consecutive days above 80 is the record set in 1906, September 5-10. The other 5 day string was in 1948 from September 1-5.
Driest String of Days in Nearly a Year Possible at Duluth
Duluth is currently in the midst of a dry spell that looks to last into the upcoming weekend. The last time it rained in Duluth was on September 4th that amounted to a trace. A cold front will move into Duluth early on Monday which will be the next chance of seeing any rainfall. That would be a stretch of 7 consecutive days without any precipitation. The last time Duluth had such a prolonged dry period was on October 11th through October 19th, 2010, a string of 9 days.
5th Wettest August to Date in Duluth
4.69 inches of rain has fallen in the first 16 days of August at Duluth. Only four other Augusts have been wetter through the 16th. They are as follows:
1. 7.34 inches August 1-16 1973
2. 5.90 inches August 1-16 1972
3. 5.81 inches August 1-16 1953
4. 5.39 inches August 1-16 1988
9th Consecutive 80 Degree or Higher Temperature Expected at Duluth Today
The predicted high temperature today of 82 degrees at Duluth will make this the 9th consecutive day of 80 degree temperatures. This is the longest string of 80 degree days since a 10 day stretch from July 23rd - August 1st in 2007. The most consecutive days of 80 degree temperatures in Duluth is 15 days which occurred from July 20th - August 3rd in 1941.
February 2011 Maximum Temperature Warmer than March at Duluth
For the 1st time in 9 years, the maximum February temperature will be warmer than March for the same calendar year at Duluth. The highest temperature recorded in February 2011 was 52 degrees on the 16th.The maximum temperature for March 2011 was 46 degrees, recorded on the 17th. This is only the 17th time in 137 years of record, 12%, that this has occurred.
68 Consecutive Days of a Snow Depth at Least 20 Inches at International Falls
March 8th, 2011, marks the 68th consecutive day of a snow depth of at least 20 inches at International Falls. Well above normal snowfall in the months of November and December, along with colder than average temperatures throughout this winter season, have made this stretch possible. The longest string of days with a snow depth of at least 20 inches at International Falls is 76 days. The following is a list of the 4 longest string of days with a snow depth of at least 20 inches.
1. 76 consecutive days from December 31, 1947 to March 15, 1948
2t. 69 consecutive days from January 1, 1989 to March 10, 1989
2t. 69 consecutive days from January 11, 1975 to March 20, 1975
4. 68 consecutive days from December 31, 2010 to March 8, 2011
3rd Longest Stretch of Consecutive Days with a High Temp at Least 0 to End at International Falls
Forecasted high temperatures are to remain below zero for International Falls today, January 20th. Thus, the 381 day stretch in which the high temperature has been at zero degrees or above will most likely end. This is the third such longest stretch in International Falls weather history (dating back to 1897). The last time the high temperature was below zero at International Falls was on January 3rd, 2010, with a maximum temperature of -5. Duluth might have to wait another day to experience below zero temperatures throughout the day as the forecasted high temperature for tomorrow is -2. The last time a high temperature below zero was recorded in Duluth was on January 2nd, 2010 when the high was -2. That would end the 383 consecutive day stretch at Duluth, though there have been 12 other such string of consecutive days with below zero high temperatures. The longest stretch in Duluth weather history (dating back to 1874) is 770 days from December 13, 2000 to January 21, 2003. The following is a list of the 3 longest string of days with a maximum temperature of zero or above at International Falls.
1. 753 consecutive days from December 28, 2000 to January 19, 2003
2. 395 consecutive days from January 18, 2005 to February 16, 2006
3. 381 consecutive days from January 4, 2010 to January 19, 2011
Tied for the 8th Snowiest Meteorological Winter to Date at International Falls
As of noon on January 7th, 23.3 inches of snow has fallen since December 1st at International Falls. This ties for the 8th snowiest winter to date since snowfall records began in 1908. Interestingly, each of the last four winter seasons are in the top 8. Here is a list of the eight snowiest winter seasons through January 7th at International Falls.
1. 51.7 inches 12/1/2008 to 1/7/2009
2. 45.6 inches 12/1/1992 to 1/7/1993
3. 34.0 inches 12/1/1988 to 1/7/1989
4. 33.4 inches 12/1/1990 to 1/7/1991
5. 27.1 inches 12/1/2009 to 1/7/2010
6. 24.2 inches 12/1/2007 to 1/7/2008
7. 24.0 inches 12/1/1919 to 1/7/1920
8t. 23.3 inches 12/1/2010 to 1/7/2011
8t. 23.3 inches 12/1/1974 to 1/7/1975
2nd Snowiest November at International Falls
The 29.0 inches of snow that fell last month ranks as the second snowiest November in International Falls weather history.The most snow that fell in a November was in 1965 when 29.7 inches of snow fell.
4th Snowiest Meteorological Autumn in Duluth Weather History
The 8.3 inches of snow that has fallen from yesterday evening through 6 pm today brings the meteorological autumn total snowfall to 35.6 inches. This ranks as the 4th snowiest autumn in Duluth recorded history. The following are the top four snowiest autumns in Duluth.
1. 56.8 inches in 1991
2. 37.7 inches in 1983
3. 37.1 inches in 1985
4. 35.6 inches in 2010 through 6 pm November 30th
Most Consecutive Days With at Least a Trace of Snowfall in Nearly 17 Years at Duluth
At least a trace of snow has fallen at Duluth from November 13th through November 27th, 15 consecutive days. This is the longest such string of days with a reported snowfall since a 32 day stretch which occurred from December 17th, 1993 to January 17th, 1994. A total of 41.4 inches of snow fell in that period.
Lightest Winds for a Calendar Day in Over 9 Months at International Falls
The average wind speed at International Falls on November 16th, 2010 was 0.4 miles per hour. This is the least amount of wind for a day since February 2nd, 2010 when the average wind speed was 0.3 miles per hour.
Lightest Winds for a Calendar Day in Nearly 9 Months at Duluth
The average wind speed at Duluth on November 15th, 2010 was 1.9 miles per hour. This is the least amount of wind for a day since February 20th, 2010 when the average wind speed was 0.9 miles per hour.
6th Snowiest Autumn to Date at Duluth
The 18.6 inches of snow that has fallen so far this fall season (September 1 to November 30) at Duluth is the 6th snowiest autumn in recorded history. The following list are the top 6 snowiest autumns (through November 14th) at Duluth.
1. 45.4 inches in 1991
2. 24.4 inches in 1992
3. 24.2 inches in 1933
4. 22.3 inches in 1919
5. 18.8 inches in 1995
6. 18.6 inches in 2010
4th Greatest October Storm Snowfall at Duluth
The 7.7 inches of snow that fell at Duluth on October 26th-27th, was the 4th greatest storm snowfall for the month of October. The greatest was on October 23rd-25th, 1933 when 11.5 inches fell. October 23rd, 1995 had 8.0 inches of snow. Third most was the 7.9 inches that fell on October 27th-28th, 1966.
Wettest October Calendar Day Yesterday at Duluth
The 2.94 inches of precipitation that fell yesterday, October 26th, was the greatest calendar day precipitation amount for an October in Duluth weather history. This breaks the old record set on October 1st, 1950 when 2.81 inches was recorded.
Driest October to Date at International Falls, 5th Driest at Duluth
The first 22 days of October has yielded only 0.03 inches of precipitation at International Falls. This ties with 1942 as the driest October to date. At Duluth, 0.14 inches of precipitation has been recorded for the first 22 days of October making this the 5th driest October to date. The following is a list of the driest Octobers through the first 22 days at International Falls and Duluth.
1T. 0.03 inches 2010
1T. 0.03 inches 1942
3. 0.14 inches 1992
4. 0.22 inches 1944
5. 0.23 inches 1962
1. 0.03 inches 1872
2T. 0.06 inches 1895
2T. 0.06 inches 1889
4. 0.08 inches 1942
5. 0.14 inches 2010
International Falls Breaks a Record for Consecutive Days of at Least 45 Degrees
Today, October 13th, marks the 189th consecutive day with a temperature of at least 45 degrees at International Falls. This breaks the record of 188 days set in 1911 for the longest such stretch in International Falls weather history, dating back to 1894. With forecasted high temperatures above 45 through this week, the record will go on for a little while. The last time that International Falls failed to reach a high temperature of at least 45 degrees was on April 7th when the high was 41. The following is a list of the top 5 string of days of at least 45 degrees at International Falls.
1. 189 days from April 8, 2010 to October 13, 2010
2. 188 days from April 15, 1911 to October 19, 1911
3. 187 days from April 3, 1987 to October 6, 1987
4. 184 days from April 21, 1957 to October 21, 1957
5. 183 days from April 28, 1971 to October 27, 1971
Duluth Ties Record for the 2nd Fewest 70 Degree Temperatures in September
September 2010 had brought only two days with a high temperature of at least 70 degrees at Duluth. This tied for the second fewest days for the month of September. Of the 137 Septembers in Duluth history, only 6 have had two or fewer 70 degree days. The Septembers of 1907, 1934 and 1972 produced only one 70 degree temperature. September 2010 tied with 1926 and 1993 with only two 70 degree temperatures for the month. There hasn't been a September in Duluth weather history without a 70 degree temperature.
2nd Wettest July-September at International Falls
With today's, September 27th, precipitation of 0.14 inches, International Falls has received 18.65 inches of rainfall since July 1st. This is the second most in recorded history for this three month period. The most rainfall in the July-September time frame at International Falls is 19.91 inches which fell in 1942.
8th Coolest September So Far at Duluth
The average temperature through the first 18 days this month has averaged 52.9 degrees at Duluth which ranks this September as the 8th coolest in recorded history. The following is a list of the eight coolest Septembers in Duluth weather history through the first 18 days of the month.
1. 50.5 1974
2. 50.8 1965
3. 51.1 1986
4. 51.4 1993
5. 51.5 1918
6. 52.0 1975
7. 52.1 1956
8. 52.9 2010
Warm Summer at Duluth, Wet Summer at International Falls
Summer 2010 was much wetter than normal at International Falls. 14.79 inches of rain fell making it the 4th wettest summer, June July and August, in recorded history. Also, Duluth's average summer temperature of 65.7 degrees tied with the summer of 1921 for the 8th warmest on record.
Record Daily Maximum Low Temperatures Set Record Warm Minimum Temps on August 30th at Duluth and International Falls
The overnight low temperatures at Duluth and International Falls for August 30th broke records as the highest minimum temperature observed for the date. The low at Duluth was 73 degrees, breaking the old record of 72 set in 1932. The low temperature at International Falls was 68 degrees, breaking the old record set in 1972 when the reported low was 67. International Falls also tied their daily record high temperature on August 30th of 88 degrees last reached in 1921.
Streak of Consecutive Days at or above 70 Degrees Ends at Duluth
Today, August 15th, marks the end of the 46 consecutive day string that the temperature has hit at least 70 degrees in Duluth. This tied for the longest stretch of such days since weather records began in 1874 at Duluth. The other 46 consecutive day streak at or above 70 degrees was from July 20th to September 3rd, 1877. The high temperature reached 69 degrees today. The last time Duluth recorded a high temperature under 70 degrees before today was on June 29th when the high was also 69 degrees.
2nd Time in Duluth Weather History...Every day in July at Least 70 Degrees
Duluth finished the month of July with the entire month reaching at least 70 degrees for a daily high temperature. The only other July, out of the 137 Julys on record, that accomplished the same feat was in 1988. Even the warmest July on record, 2006, had one day when the daily maximum temperature failed to reach at least 70 degrees. July 10th, 2006 recorded a high temperature of only 65 degrees.
2nd Wettest July at International Falls
The 8.81 inches of rain that has fallen at International Falls ranks as the 2nd wettest July on record. Only July 1966, with 9.52 inches of rain, has been wetter. It is also the 3rd wettest month on record behind July 1966 and August 1942 which received 11.26 inches of rain.
Tied for the 2nd warmest July so far at Duluth
The average temperature of 70.8 degrees through the first 11 days of July at Duluth ties with 1966 for the second warmest on record. It is also 6.3 degrees above normal. The warmest 11 day opening in July occurred in 1921 when the average temperature was 72.0 degrees.
3rd Warmest Opening Week in July at Duluth
The opening week of July 2010 has averaged 71.7 degrees at Duluth. This is 7.6 degrees above normal. It is also the 3rd warmest opening week to a July in Duluth weather history. The warmest first week of July was in 1881 with an average temperature 73.2 degrees. The second warmest was in 1937 with 72.1.
2nd Warmest Opening to a July in Duluth Weather History
The first six days of July have averaged 72.2 degrees at Duluth. This is 8.2 degrees above normal and the second warmest start to a July in Duluth weather history (beginning in 1874). The period of July 1st through the 6th in 1881 holds the record averaging 74.2 degrees.
Wettest Five Day Stretch in Recorded Weather History at International Falls
International Falls has received 6.18 inches of rainfall from July 1st through July 5th making this the wettest five consecutive days since weather records began in 1897. This breaks the old record of 6.02 inches that fell from August 26th through August 30th 1942. This is already the 11th wettest July on record with 1966 being the wettest with 9.52 inches.
Warmest Low Temperature in Nearly Five Years Reported at Duluth
The low temperature of 70 degrees on July 3rd at Duluth was the warmest daily minimum temperature recorded since September 11th, 2005 when the low temperature was also 70 degrees.
No 80 Degree Days in June at International Falls
June 2010 failed to produce an 80 degree temperature at International Falls. In the 80 years of weather records for June, only three other years failed to reach the 80 mark. 2010 joins 1947, 1982 and 1985 as the only Junes without a recorded temperature of at least 80 degrees.
Top 10 Wet Junes at Solon Springs and Gordon
This month ranks as one of the wettest Junes for Solon Springs and Gordon. The 8.01 inches of rain at Solon Springs is the 9th wettest June on record. June weather records began in 1906 at Solon Springs. At Gordon, the 6.34 inches of rainfall ranks as the 8th wettest June since weather records began in 1952.