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Sun reappears over Duluth after weeklong absence

Sunlight brightens up the Federal Biscay in the Duluth harbor Thursday. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)1 / 2
The sun rises over a foggy Lake Superior earlier this year. (file / News Tribune)2 / 2

The sun started shining through the clouds over the Twin Ports for the first time since Oct. 4, the National Weather Service reported Thursday, snapping a weeklong gray streak.

“High pressure is moving in with mostly sunny skies in the low 40s, a nice change of things,” said meteorologist Josh Sandstrom at the National Weather Service-Duluth. “Overall, there’s going to be a few chances for precipitation (this weekend), light rain and light snow, nothing of the magnitude of this past storm.”

Wednesday’s storm was the earliest recorded snowfall in St. Louis County since 2012, when it snowed on Sept. 21. It typically snows by late October most years, according to NWS data.

On average, October brings about 16 days of complete cloud cover, while November is the darkest month of the year with roughly 19.5 cloudy days, according to NWS records.

Between 1981 and 2010, Duluth averaged 185 cloudy days per year.

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