Forecast promises better days ahead
IRONWOOD — Although monsoon season continued in Ironwood on Wednesday, at least the rain was slacking off a bit.
Ironwood recorded .39 inch of rain for the 24-hour period to 7 a.m. Wednesday.
That brought the total precipitation for May to 6.76 inches, most of it in the past week. Ironwood’s 100-year record for total May precipitation is 7.18 inches, set in 1942, according to National Weather Service statistics.
Rain fell for the fifth straight day as creeks and rivers continued to flood and most lowland areas across the Gogebic Range had standing water. The Duluth office of the NWS said Ashland and Iron counties remained under a flood advisory on Wednesday.
The miserable weather included temperatures in the low 40s on Wednesday morning, extending home heating costs.
Ironwood resident Jim (Coyote) Anderson said he detected a few snowflakes in the air during his Wednesday morning walk. With a morning low of 41, that wasn’t surprising.
The windchill reading at Saxon Harbor on Lake Superior was 33 degrees around 10 a.m. Wednesday, with winds out of the north at 16 mph. Waves dashed high all Tuesday on the lake, which was a sea of mud and whitecaps.
In a direct switch, the weatherman promised no chance of rain from today through next Wednesday.
Today’s high was predicted at 54, with an overnight low of 28.
The high for Friday will be around 63 and temperatures in the mid-70s over the weekend should make ideal conditions for graduation parties.
Memorial Day on Monday will feature a high around 73.