Strong storms bring hail to the Northland
It was a wildly variable weather day in the Northland on Sunday, as strong southwest winds ushered in warm air — and repeated rounds of locally intense thunderstorms.
A number of the storms produced hail, with reports of hailstones as large as quarter-size in Superior just before 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. An evening storm also brought reports of quarter-size hail in Bayfield County, near Clam Lake.
Weather spotters in Proctor, Hermantown and on the north side of Duluth reported penny- to nickel-size hail during the midday hours. Other storms brought a round of pea-sized hail to much of Duluth — including West Duluth, downtown and Park Point — during the afternoon hours.
In between the storms, it was summer-like in the Twin Ports. The Duluth airport reached 80 degrees and — for a change — so did the Duluth harbor. Southwest winds gusted in excess of 40 mph at times.
Expect another day of gusty southwest winds on Monday, with highs near 80 and a chance of afternoon storms.