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                    Snowy and Windy Start to 2012
                    A trough of low pressure associated with a deepening low pressure center lifting across Iowa and into Wisconsin, brought a mix of icy conditions and snow to the Northland New Year's Eve. As the low pressure system departed to the east over the eastern Great Lakes New Year's Day 2012, it brought strong northwest winds gusting around 40 mph. The strong winds also resulted in a cool start to 2012 with temperatures falling into the teens through the afternoon.


                   

New Years Eve Snowfall Amounts   New Years Day Wind Gusts

Peak Wind Gusts 
 
  • Duluth Airport............39 MPH
  • Sky Harbor Airport....44 MPH
  • Brainerd Airport........37 MPH
  • Staples Airport..........39 MPH
  • International Falls....39 MPH
  • Grand Marais AP.......38 MPH
  • Hibbing Airport..........44 MPH
  • Siren Airport...............35 MPH
  * Note these are winds measured at 30 ft above the surface

 

 
Duluth Radar Images During the Event
 
Surface Maps/METAR Plots