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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The First Heavy Snowfall of the Season

December 12, 2016 0 Comments

The totals are in from the weekend storm system that produced the first heavy snowfall of the season and the range was from four to nine inches, the majority of the area leaning toward the higher end of the spectrum. Here’s a look at some the totals from the National Weather Service in La Crosse. […]

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Forecasting the coming winter chill: How cold will we get this December?

December 2, 2016 0 Comments
Forecasting the coming winter chill: How cold will we get this December?

Coming off an incredibly mild November (the average temperature was 42.8 degrees, 9 degrees above normal), you might be wondering if December will be similar. Well, that probably won’t be the case. The good news is we should be pretty mild to start the month. The average high temperature for the first week of December […]

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A Warm Fall and November

December 1, 2016 0 Comments
A Warm Fall and November

Some flowers were still blooming across southeast Minnesota on November 30th after what has been a fall for the record books! Meteorological fall 2016, which ran from September 1st through November 30th, will go down as the 2nd warmest fall on record for Rochester with an average temperature of 53.1°. This falls just short of […]

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Computer Modeling Issues 4 Days Out

November 14, 2016 0 Comments
Computer Modeling Issues 4 Days Out

Talk about a forecasting headache! This is a big reason why I don’t get too excited about the details of a potential storm even 4 days out. Here’s a look at the placement of a potential area of low pressure at noon on Friday between 3 different computer models.   As of today (Monday), the […]

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