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The lack of large-scale, intensive agriculture in the Lake Superior watershed, coupled with the big lake’s cold water and great depth, are enough to prevent the kind of toxic algae...
When Alice Findley used her official National Weather Service snow gauge to take a measurement outside her house Wednesday afternoon, the neon-pink yardstick disappeared into the white. "It's only 36 inches long and we had 39 inches of snow on the ground," Findley said with a chuckle. Findley is a Weather Service snow reporter who lives in the woods five miles north of Two Harbors. Her report for the three-day storm as of 6 p.m. Wednesday was 42 inches, with snow still falling. That's about double most snow reports from across the Northland. "I love it.
Light snow continued to fall in Duluth this afternoon on top of 8 to 16 inches reported across the city overnight and this morning -- and there's more to come Wednesday across most of the Northland. As much as 26 inches had fallen just north of Two Harbors by 8 p.m.
Mining companies looking for more copper, nickel, gold and other metals in Northeastern Minnesota will get a chance to prospect on more land after action this morning by the state's Executive Council in St. Paul. The panel of state officials voted 4-1 to approve so-called mineral leases for exploration under 31 tracts of land across Aitkin, St.
A group of Lake County residents today asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to consider their case asking the state to conduct environmental reviews before state mineral rights are leased to mining companies. The state Department of Natural Resources auctions off the right to explore for valuable minerals like copper and gold under lands where the state owns the mineral rights.
The Twin Ports saw its first rip-current warning Saturday -- a reminder that with summer weather finally here, beachgoers on Lake Superior need to be mindful of the potential of dangerous underwater currents. Duluth will continue its system of warning flags at three major parking areas along Park Point where people are most likely to access the beach. Now through Oct. 15 the Duluth Fire Department, based on a forecast from the Duluth office of the National Weather Service, will post a flag by 10 a.m. each day at three locations along Park Point. Red flags mean stay out of the water.
Record April snow, an unusually warm string of days, thunderstorms and now the possibility of snow in May are all contributing to Northland rivers spilling over their banks, some of them flooding roads. No major flooding was occurring or expected in the Northland, but the National Weather Service has posted advisories for small streams across the region, and several roads have been closed.
Convertibles will have their tops down, motorcycles will be plying the highways and we should see our first shorts and T-shirts of the season this weekend when highs under mostly sunny skies are expected to rise to near 60 degrees in Duluth for the first time since Oct. 16. But first, one more blast of winter. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. today through noon Tuesday for Duluth, Superior, Cloquet, the North Shore and all of Northwestern Wisconsin.
A major winter snowstorm is already pummeling North Dakota and western Minnesota and is expected to make its mark on the Northland overnight. Snow is expected to start in the Twin Ports about 8 p.m., and continue until about 8 a.m. Tuesday with anywhere from 2 to 7 inches around Duluth and Superior, depending on the track of the snow and where you live -- with more snow to the west and south and less to the east. The heaviest snow should fall between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Temperatures dropped as low as 39 degrees below zero in Northome this morning, with 21 below in Duluth, in what may be the last arctic blast of winter. For many areas it was the second-coldest night of the winter, with wind chills dipping to 40 blow -- and near 50 below -- in some areas. And temperatures won't warm up much today, with highs likely below zero.