The 2019 Weather in Review!

Updated: December 30, 2019 10:34 PM

Crazy weather in the Northland is nothing we Northlanders aren't used to. But this year saw some of the biggest extremes we've had is quite some time.


Let’s begin in at the beginning of the year. After a normal January, February rolled in knocking us to the ground. February 2019 was the snowiest February in the history of Duluth. A total of 36.4 inches of snow for the month. This was 24.0 inches above the normal of 12.4 inches. Two daily snowfall records were broken for the month and one was tied. Let's not for our streak of cold days never reaching 32° that lasted nearly 60 days.

March and April were fairly quiet then May came in another record was set. It would eventually be the snowiest may on record. We had 13.3" of snow shattering the old record of 8.1" set back in 1984.

After the snow melted, we had a typical June followed by an active July. There was a three day stretch from July 17th to July 19th that never slowed down. Tornadoes were reported in Gheen and Wirt and winds blew over the fair stands in Little Fork. A day later early afternoon showers brought a confirmed tornado near the town of Gordon, WI. The following day on the 19th more severe weather struck.

Then we had a nice stretch of weather through august and most of September. Then on September 30th it was flooding. Fast forward to October 21st. The new lake walk survived its first test of battering lake water but Canal Park did not become flooded.

Then we got a break until the week of Thanksgiving when not one but two storms hit the northland including Snowmeggedon.

By the end December 21st and the official first day of winter, we had already received more than half our yearly average snowfall. It’s a good thing we had warmer temperatures over Christmas.

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