Not at all a typical July so far

July 30, 2014 0 Comments
Not at all a typical July so far

With only nine days of 80 degrees or warmer this month in the first full 29 days and lows in the 50s twice as often as 60 or 70 degree lows, we can tell without even looking at statistical data that this July is running quite a bit below normal for temperatures as we approach […]

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July 25, 2014 Rainfall Totals

July 25, 2014 0 Comments
July 25, 2014 Rainfall Totals

Amounts courtesy NWS La Crosse. PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI 847 AM CDT FRI JUL 25 2014 …RECENT RAINFALL REPORTS… LOCATION AMOUNT …IOWA… …ALLAMAKEE… 3 S DORCHESTER 0.19 IN 1 NE POSTVILLE 0.15 IN 3 SE WATERVILLE 0.03 IN 4 ENE WATSON 0.02 IN …CHICKASAW… IONIA 2W 0.26 IN 3 SW […]

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Our weather pattern is drying out; Drought ahead?

July 24, 2014 0 Comments
Our weather pattern is drying out; Drought ahead?

What was once an active, wet weather pattern in our region has become much drier in the past couple of weeks. We came into the month of July with more than a two-inch surplus of rainfall for the calendar year, but since then rainfall has been less and less frequent and our lawns and fields […]

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July 2014 in Comparison

July 23, 2014 0 Comments
July 2014 in Comparison

Warm spells have been short-lived this July and we’re back to seasonable warmth with low humidity after a sticky start to the week. Here’s a look at how this July’s daily high temperatures through today compare to the 30-year average (climate “normal”). Take a look at how this July compares to July of 2012. This […]

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Cooler, Generally Dry Pattern Kicks Back Into Gear

July 22, 2014 0 Comments
Cooler, Generally Dry Pattern Kicks Back Into Gear

Now that we’ve got the summer heat wave under our belts, all 36 hours of it, it’s time to get back to the weather we’ve been getting used to this summer. While there will be some subtle variations from day-to-day, the jet stream is going to settle into a rather persistent pattern with northwest flow […]

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Smoky Skies Stick Around – Brief Warm Up Coming

July 18, 2014 0 Comments
Smoky Skies Stick Around – Brief Warm Up Coming

The image above displays active fires across North America along with smoke analyzed by satellite and is view-able using NOAA’s Fire Mapping Product. The green is thin smoke, yellow is moderately dense. And here is a very basic image showing locations of fires and smoke plume as of 8pm Friday evening. Winds in the mid to […]

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2014 So Far Ranking High in the Cold Air Department, Locally

July 17, 2014 0 Comments
2014 So Far Ranking High in the Cold Air Department, Locally

First, thanks to Glenn and Todd at NWS La Crosse for compiling and sharing this data. 2014 to date is the 3rd coldest year in Rochester, MN based on the average high temperature of 46.6 degrees, to date. That’s a tie with 1937. It’s an apples-to-apples comparison, so average high temperatures for previous years are […]

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A Big Warm Up Lies Ahead of Us

July 17, 2014 0 Comments
A Big Warm Up Lies Ahead of Us

As our current weather pattern continues to shift and we go from unseasonably cool to more seasonable weather this week, we’re beginning to see data in the forecast that suggests we may be experiencing some of the warmest weather of the year in the coming week or so. The jet stream has been shifted to […]

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Missing the peak of summer warmth? Not really…

July 16, 2014 0 Comments
Missing the peak of summer warmth? Not really…

Through the 15th, this July’s average temperature is running 5.6 degrees below “normal,” and there have been only 2 days this month with a high reaching above that 30-year average (“normal”). We have yet to hit 90 degrees at the Rochester airport this season. Highs this past Monday and Tuesday were very close to tying […]

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October In July – Clues For The Winter Ahead?

July 13, 2014 0 Comments
October In July – Clues For The Winter Ahead?

If you’re a fan of Fall, we are going to get an early taste of it starting Sunday night.  Not to worry summer lovers…the warmth will quickly come back after Wednesday morning.  Before we get to Wednesday afternoon, where temperatures jump back into the mid 70s, we will have to pass through a couple of […]

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