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Welcome to the National Weather Service Duluth, MN Significant Events Database. On this web page, we will collect write-ups for a variety of weather phenomena including winter storms and severe weather outbreaks. To explore the information that we have, simply choose one of the options we have below, or scroll down the page to find the event that you are interested in.

Tornadoes Winter Weather Heavy Rain Winds / Blowdown
Other Events

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Tornadoes:  Any severe weather event in the area that produced signifcant tornadoes.
Winter Weather:  Any major winter storm, including both snow storms and ice storms.
Heavy Rain:  Any weather event marked by either substantial or record-setting rainfall, or flooding.
Winds/Blowdown:  Includes both straight-line winds from thunderstorms, and strong and damaging winds not associated with precipitation.
Other Events:  Any weather event of noteriety that does not fit into other classifications.

Before we list all of our event summaries, here are some featured events that are especially notable, either because they occurred very recently, or they had a very significant impact on the Northland:

 

 

   Recent Events

  • January 20-24th, 2013: Arctic Cold Outbreak. Temperatures of -30 to -40 F across northern Minnesota.  
  • June 19th, 2012:  Widespread Flooding in Duluth and acros much of the Northland.
  • July 1, 2011:  Widespread winds in excess of 100 mph across the Saint Croix State Park as well as EF2 tornado Near Solon Springs, WI. 
  • May 10-11, 2011: Scattered severe thunderstorms, hail up to baseball size.
  • April 16, 2011: Late winter storm produces over 6 inches of snow near the Iron Range, and wind gusts over 50mph in the Twin Ports.
  • March 22-23, 2011: Winter storm brings heavy snow to areas from near Brainerd to Hinckley, and into northwest Wisconsin.
  • January 21, 2011: Frigid cold temperatures, lows down to -46F at International Falls and Babbitt
  • January 14-15, 2011: Snow with up to 7 inches in Douglas County.
  • December 20-21, 2010: Snowstorm with general 4-8 inches, up to a foot around Duluth.
  • December 11-12, 2010: Snowstorm with over a foot in parts of NW Wisconsin and blowing snow.
  • November 29-December 1, 2010:  Heavy snow with 10 or more inches in parts of northeast Minnesota.
  • November 24-25, 2010: Snow storm with 6-12 inches in far northern Minnesota.

 

   Tornadoes

  • July 1, 2011:  An EF2  tornado, embedded in a swath of extensive straight line wind damage, touched town near the town of Solon Springs, WI.
  • July 27, 2010:  Three tornadoes and up to baseball size hail in northwest Wisconsin. Includes the Turtle Flambeau Flowage tornado.
  • June 17, 2010: Severe weather outbreak including St. Croix River EF-2 tornado
  • June 18, 2001: Siren F3 Tornado

 

   Winter Weather

Also check out the list of memorable winter weather events in the Northland.

 

   Heavy Rain

  • June 19th, 2012:  Widespread Flooding in Duluth and acros much of the Northland.
  • May to Sep 2010:  Unusually wet summer months; parts of NW WI see more rain in 5 months than they do in an entire year on average.
  • 1972 Floods:  A look back at the 1972 Dluuth floods as well as other significant floods of the region. 

 

   Wind / Blowdown

  • July 1, 2011:  Winds in excess of 100 mph devestated much of the Saint Croix State Park and the forestest areas across Burnett County WI. 
    September 2, 2010: Wake low with up to 58 mph gusts in Duluth
  • July 14, 2010: Several rounds of severe weather including bow echo with high winds in Hayward
  • January 31, 2009: Non-convective wind gusts up to 62 mph
  • July 4, 1999:  Boundary Waters Derecho & Blowdown (3.4 MB PDF File)

 

   Other Events

  • May 10-11, 2011: Scattered severe thunderstorms, hail up to baseball size.
  • January 21, 2011: Frigid cold temperatures, lows down to -46F at International Falls and Babbitt
  • October 26-27, 2010:  Strong extratropical low with snow, rain, wind, and low pressure records.
  • June 22, 2010: Severe weather hits Northwest Wisconsin
  • January 16, 2009: Arctic outbreak with up to 97 hours below zero and lows down to -47
  • January 13-18, 2005: Arctic outbreak with lows as low as -54 at the height of event

 

Select From A Listing In Chronological Order

2011

  • May 10-11, 2011: Scattered severe thunderstorms, hail up to baseball size.
  • April 16, 2011: Late winter storm produces over 6 inches of snow near the Iron Range, and wind gusts over 50mph in the Twin Ports.
  • March 22-23, 2011: Winter storm brings heavy snow to areas from near Brainerd to Hinckley, and into northwest Wisconsin.
  • January 21, 2011: Frigid cold temperatures, lows down to -46F at International Falls and Babbitt
  • January 14-15, 2011: Snow with up to 7 inches in Douglas County.

2010

  • December 20-21, 2010: Snowstorm with general 4-8 inches, up to a foot around Duluth.
  • December 11-12, 2010: Snowstorm with over a foot in parts of NW Wisconsin and blowing snow.
  • November 29-December 1, 2010:  Heavy snow with 10 or more inches in parts of northeast Minnesota.
  • November 24-25, 2010: Snow storm with 6-12 inches in far northern Minnesota.
  • November 22, 2010: Snow with up to 9 inches in northwest St. Louis County.
  • November 13-14, 2010:  Heavy snow with up to 11 inches of snow in Duluth.
  • October 26-27, 2010: Strong extratropical low with snow, rain, wind, and low pressure records.
  • May to Sep 2010:  Unusually wet summer months; parts of NW WI see more rain in 5 months than they do in an entire year on average.
  • September 2, 2010: Wake low with up to 58 mph gusts in Duluth
  • July 27, 2010:  Three tornadoes and up to baseball size hail in northwest Wisconsin. Includes the Turtle Flambeau Flowage tornado.
  • July 14, 2010: Several rounds of severe weather including bow echo with high winds in Hayward
  • June 22, 2010: Severe weather hits Northwest Wisconsin
  • June 17, 2010: Severe weather outbreak including St. Croix River EF-2 tornado
  • May 7-8, 2010: May snowstorm that dropped the 3rd heaviest May snowfall at Duluth

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1990s

Pre-1990

No events listed so far.


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