Iron Mountain – There’s going to be a blast of heat this week, but more seasonal temperatures are likely to return for the rest of May, forecasters say.
For the start of summer, the National Weather Service is neutral on both temperature and precipitation trends in the Upper Peninsula through the end of July, while AccuWeather has pegged the region at a moderate risk of severe weather.
According to AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Lada, the storm threat is high for Wisconsin and some other areas of the Midwest. “While the wetting pattern will promote severe weather, it will help limit the potential for heat waves across regions,” He added.
Temperatures at Iron Mountain-Kingsford are expected to climb into the 80s on Thursday and Friday, then retreat a bit over the weekend. There is a chance of rain and thundershowers till Thursday, with a 50% chance today.
AccuWeather’s May forecast shows that the threat of a hard frost has passed, although that date is usually May 26 at Iron Mountain-Kingsford. In 2021, the last spring day with temperatures below 32 degrees was May 29, while in 2020 it was May 13. , show NWS records.
According to Greencastonline.com, soil temperatures have climbed about 10 degrees since late April. The 24-hour average on Sunday morning was 52 degrees, roughly equal to the 10-year trend. At the beginning of the month, the local soil temperature was 5 degrees below normal.
Far Eastern Uttar Pradesh is unusually dry, but otherwise the US Drought Monitor shows no areas of concern over much of Michigan and northern Wisconsin.
Forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center say La Nia conditions are expected to continue through the summer and perhaps into the fall. La Nia, the flip side of El Nio, is the periodic cooling of the central Pacific Ocean that affects weather patterns around the world.
Weather Channel meteorologist Linda Lam said the expected pattern this summer raises concerns for an early summer and increased drought conditions in the Plains and Southwest. Much of New Mexico as well as western Texas and Oklahoma is extremely dry.
The Iron Mountain-Kingsford Wastewater Treatment Plant measured 3.34 inches of water equivalent rainfall in April, half an inch above normal. There was a total of 4 inches of snowfall in the month, but none of it stopped.
Last month’s highest temperature at Iron Mountain-Kingsford was 73 degrees on 25 April, while 18 degrees on 28 April was the coldest on record since the early 1900s.
The average temperature during the month was 37.4 degrees Celsius, which is about 3 degrees below normal. It may have looked cold, as the day’s maximum temperature was only 45.1 degrees – about 7 degrees below normal.
Nighttime minimums were actually slightly warmer than normal, averaging 29.7 degrees in April, compared to the normal 29 degrees. Overall, it was the 19th coldest April in Iron Mountain-Kingsford.