The mild spell continues, but cooler days aren’t far off

April 16, 2015 0 Comments
The mild spell continues, but cooler days aren’t far off

It’s been almost a full week since our last cool snap ended with a coating of wet snow just before a surge of milder air over the weekend brought us back into spring mode. Now, as we approach the tail end of the work week, a week that has seen us enjoy nothing but 60 to 70 […]

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Warm and dry for a while with changes ahead for the weekend

April 13, 2015 0 Comments
Warm and dry for a while with changes ahead for the weekend

Coming out of what turned out to be a rather dreary and damp stretch of chilly weather, we were all hoping for not only a warm up, but also a decent respite from rain and clouds and certainly the weather over the weekend we enjoyed was just what anyone could have hoped for in early April. […]

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Cool and unsettled weather continues with the threat of severe weather

April 8, 2015 0 Comments
Cool and unsettled weather continues with the threat of severe weather

Our active weather pattern continues as we head into the second half of the work week on a gray and damp note. The second storm system to affect our weather this week is approaching from the southwest and while its main impact will be felt well to our southeast, our local area is still in […]

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International Space Station Passages The Next Couple Of Weeks

April 6, 2015 0 Comments
International Space Station Passages The Next Couple Of Weeks

There are a couple of really good chances to see a passage of the International Space Station here in Rochester in the next couple of weeks. There are three main factors in whether we will get to see the ISS: cloud cover, magnitude (brightness), and elevation. The ISS is the third brightest object in the sky […]

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A Look Ahead to Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse and Easter Weekend

April 2, 2015 0 Comments
A Look Ahead to Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse and Easter Weekend

Easter weekend is coming up and we have a pretty decent outlook as far as the weather is concerned. As a bonus, Saturday morning gives us a chance to see a phenomenon we rarely get to experience: a partial lunar eclipse. Areas to our west have a chance to see the total eclipse, which starts […]

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No fooling around here! We kick off April with the warmest day of 2015 so far

April 1, 2015 0 Comments
No fooling around here! We kick off April with the warmest day of 2015 so far

In early spring, sometimes the windiest days are the warmest ones and that’s exactly how we’re starting the month of April in the Upper Midwest. A potent storm system to our northwest is generating some strong winds as it moves in from the northern Rockies, pulling in very warm air and even a small amount […]

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April 4th, 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse

March 31, 2015 0 Comments
April 4th, 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse

If you want to see the total lunar eclipse this weekend, head outside and check it out before sunrise Saturday morning. Partial eclipse begins at 5:16am CDT and total eclipse begins at 6:58am. However, from our perspective in Rochester, MN, we won’t be able to see the eclipse in totality. For us, sunrise is 6:46am […]

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Today’s Temperatures Evidence That Snowpack Matters

March 28, 2015 0 Comments
Today’s Temperatures Evidence That Snowpack Matters

We would normally expect temperatures to soar on a day like today, with clear skies and light wind. However, when there is lots of snowpack, the temperature is regulated and does not increase nearly as fast. If you look at the current Visible Satellite image, you can see the correlation between the parts of our […]

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A nice warm up is ahead

March 27, 2015 0 Comments
A nice warm up is ahead

While we continue to muddle our way through a late March stretch of unseasonably cold weather, we at least have some signs of hope for a nice warm up ahead of us. The jet stream has been in a northwesterly flow for most of the week and each of the past five days has been […]

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Cold temps persist, but not for too much longer

March 25, 2015 0 Comments
Cold temps persist, but not for too much longer

Our winter-like final week of March continues with cold air pouring into the region on the heels of the most recent snow producing storm system to impact the local area. Most of the area received one to three inches of wet, slushy snow Tuesday night, adding a little extra white to our winter wonderland. Rochester […]

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