Astronomical Winter Summary

March 21, 2017 0 Comments

While most official climate records are organized by meteorological seasons such as “meteorological winter, meteorological spring, etc., some data is still categorized by astronomical seasons. This is keeping data between an equinox and the ensuing solstice, or vice versa. Here’s  look at Rochester’s data from winter 2016-17 compliments of the National Weather Service in La […]

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Monday Snowfall Totals

March 13, 2017 0 Comments

The storm system that felt like a March version of a mid winter clipper system has moved out, leaving behind bright, cold sunshine and a fresh coating of fluffy snow across the entire viewing area. Snowfall totals ranged from a few inches in the north to nearly a feet in the southern part of our […]

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Upcoming Storm Spotter Training Classes

March 10, 2017 0 Comments

The La Crosse National Weather Service will be around southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa through April offering Storm Spotter training classes. These classes are free and last about 2 hours. Please check out the La Crosse National Weather Service for more information for online classes. Date Time County City Place March 16 6:30 p.m. Wabasha […]

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March 6th Storms

March 7, 2017 0 Comments
March 6th Storms

Quite an intense line of thunderstorms developed along a potent cold front Monday evening and our early March Monday felt and looked more like a May severe weather event. The high temperatures in Rochester was 63, just four degrees from a record for the date, but the rainfall total did end up a record for […]

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Quite a rain storm for February

February 21, 2017 0 Comments

For more than a week now, unbelievably mild, March and April-like temperatures have been confusing us with notions of an early spring or at least an end to winter. On Presidents’ Day, it wasn’t the pleasant or comfortable nature of our current warm spell that all but made us forget it’s February, but rather gray skies and […]

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A Look at February

February 3, 2017 0 Comments
A Look at February

February is still firmly in winter, but we certainly do begin to see some changes! During the month of January, temperatures are historically cold with our coldest time of the year occurring through the middle of the month. It’s during February that we really begin to see our average temperature begin to climb from an […]

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First Snowstorm of 2017

January 25, 2017 0 Comments
First Snowstorm of 2017

Here’s a sampling of snow totals from across the area from 1/24/2017 to 1/25/2017. A convective (thunder) band of snow delivered a swath of heavier snow from Cerro Gordo County through Worth, Mitchell, Mower and southern Olmsted Counties. Snow totals tapered off as you went north of Dodge Center and Rochester with only 1 to […]

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Snowfall Totals from the Heavy Snow Event

January 25, 2017 0 Comments

While the winter storm that has brought up to a foot of snow to parts of the area continues to bring at least some snowfall for our Wednesday, the bulk of the heavy stuff is now out of our weather picture and we’re getting a chance to assess how much there is to shovel or play in. […]

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Average Temperature Year in Review

December 29, 2016 0 Comments
Average Temperature Year in Review

With just 2 days to go in 2016, December is likely to finish with below average monthly temperatures. This may not seem like a big deal, but this will be only the 2nd month of 2016 to post below average monthly temperatures. The only other month to see below average monthly temperatures was January which […]

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Taking stock of the snow so far this season and looking ahead to the first few days of 2017

December 28, 2016 0 Comments
Taking stock of the snow so far this season and looking ahead to the first few days of 2017

I’ve heard some chatter on social media and around town lately that this has been a mild winter so far, with “not enough snow.” Well, at least from a climatological perspective, that’s a wrong assessment. In fact, we’ve received about 3 inches of snow more than we normally would expect through December 27th in Rochester. […]

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