The Duluth Library Foundation has rescheduled its second annual “Libations at the Library” due to the snowfall.
The event will now be from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 11.
The fundraising event promises to be a glittering gala filled with books, flameless) candlelight, food and drink, with money raised to support the library.
The event is free, but the foundation is asking guests to RSVP by calling (218) 730-4262 or emailing email@example.com.
The weather outside is getting frightful, which means it’s time to dust off the snow-mentality when it comes to driving.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to remind all drivers of what it takes to drive safely in winter around the massive plows on Minnesota highways, byways and roads.
* Check road conditions: Call 511 or go to www.511mn.org to see what road conditions are like along your route.
* Stay back: MnDOT asks that motorists stay five car lengths behind plows.
* Stay alert: Snow plows might turn or exit the roadway with little warning
* Slow down: Drive at a speed safe for road conditions; allow plenty of time to reach your destination
* Avoid travel when conditions become poor or hazardous, do not travel unnecessarily
For more information, visit mndot.gov/workzone or follow #mnstorm on Twitter.
Eh? loves nothing better than to wrap up in a warm blanket on a cold winter’s day. But what about people in the area who have nothing to keep them warm?
That’s the impetus for Project Warmth, a fun event with a purpose at 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Virginia Elks Club.
The folks at Range Mental Health Center tell us the gala will feature gourmet appetizers, dancing to the music of Pulse, raffles, auctions and games. The cost is $25 per person, and donations of new or gently used blankets and quilts are encouraged.
Tickets are available at the Elks Club, the mental health center’s Bell Building or by calling Susan at (218) 780-7115.
Those warm summer days felt far, far away Tuesday morning as many Northland students headed back to school.
Low temperatures reported by the Weather Service and its spotters included 31 at Brimson, 32 at Togo, 33 at Embarrass and 34 at Hibbing and Crane Lake.
Ely, Moose Lake and Hayward each dropped to 36; Floodwood fell to 37, International Falls 38 and Cloquet 39. The Duluth airport reported a low of 46.
It’s all a sign of things to come, of course. The Weather Service reports Duluth’s average highs in September tumble from the low 70s at the start to the upper 50s by month’s end. Overnight lows drop from the low 50s to about 40. And, on average, Duluth sees a tenth of an inch of snow in September.
After a summer that, at times, made Duluth, Minn., feel more like Duluth, Ga., it’s probably no surprise to learn that the season cracked the city’s top-10 list of warmest summers on record.
Summer 2013 — June, July and August — was the eighth-warmest in Duluth, where the National Weather Service’s records go back to 1870. Its average temperature of 66.1 degrees was 2.7 degrees above normal.
And it was the sixth-warmest August on record in Duluth, with an average temperature of 69 degrees — 4.7 degrees above normal.
Both August and the summer as a whole saw rainfall well below average in Duluth, though rainfall was above average elsewhere in the region.
The official thermometer at the Duluth International Airport hit 92 degrees on Tuesday afternoon — the first 90-degree reading of 2013 at Duluth, and the first here since July 22 of last year, when we hit 90 on the dot. Duluth’s record high for the date remains 97 degrees, set in 1936.
Tuesday’s high temperature was 114 degrees warmer than the lowest temperature of the winter: 22 below on Feb. 1.
The National Weather Service says we should expect another hot day today — highs in the 80s to near 90 — before temperatures drop a bit toward the weekend. Keep an eye out for storms, too, the next few days — a few may be severe in the Northland.
June in Duluth came in warmer than usual — 1.5 degrees above the 30-year average. There were an unusually high 10 days with highs in the 80s. (70s are normal.) There were no frosts, with 37 (on June 3) the coldest reported at Duluth International Airport.
June was just slightly wetter than normal, with 4.54 inches of rain — 0.31 inches above normal. June usually is our wettest month.
June also broke a string of four straight months of below-normal temperatures, with March and April much colder than normal, causing what some called a spring to forget. Will the warm trend continue through summer? So far July looks warm, but the National Climate Prediction Center shows no major variation from normal for any of the Northland, for either temperature or rainfall.
A forecast for wet weather today has postponed plans to spruce up Duluth’s downtown.
The Greater Downtown Council now is looking for volunteers Thursday to help plant flowers and beautify Duluth’s downtown waterfront district. Participants should gather with work gloves and gardening tools at 10 a.m. in Bayfront Park, where about 150 downtown planters are waiting for flowers.
When filled with floral vegetation, the planters will be transported by city crews and used to adorn downtown sidewalks. The Greater Downtown Council’s Clean & Safe Team will tend and water the plants throughout the summer, and all who visit Duluth will enjoy the benefits.
What can you do to stop a tornado?
Probably nothing, but you can help with the relief effort for the Oklahoma tornado and other disasters (there are many; remember our flood?) assisted by the American Red Cross. Northland’s NewsCenter is airing a telethon today from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Channels 3 (KDLH) and 6 (KBJR), with local celebrities and regular people ready to accept your needed contributions to the Red Cross. Watch the show or call the donation lines at (218) 788-3700 or (888) 995-9345.
After a record-setting snowy April, Duluth fell behind the frozen precipitation curve in the month of May.
The airport has seen just a trace of snow this month. In a typical May, we see four-tenths of an inch of accumulation, according to the National Weather Service.
Duluth received 129.4 inches of snow for the season, and a record 50.8 inches in April alone. May snow or not, this past winter will be talked about for a long time to come.