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What’s the deal with a Blizzard Warning when we’re not getting much snow?

February 7, 2016 0 Comments
What’s the deal with a Blizzard Warning when we’re not getting much snow?

Fittingly, a Blizzard Warning has been issued for parts of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. The question you might have, however, is how there can be a Blizzard Warning when we’re only looking at a half inch to 1.5″ accumulation of snow. On the high end, there may be a pocket or two where snowfall […]

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Monday-Tuesday Snowfall Reports So Far

December 29, 2015 0 Comments

These come from NWS La Crosse More totals are available from NWS Twin Cities PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI 812 AM CST TUE DEC 29 2015 …SNOWFALL REPORTS PAST 24 HOURS… LOCATION AMOUNT TIME/DATE LAT/LON …IOWA… …ALLAMAKEE COUNTY… 1 N WAUKON 9.0 IN 0730 AM 12/29 43.28N/91.48W WAUKON 8.0 IN 0726 […]

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A Timely Storm System on Two Big Anniversaries

November 10, 2015 0 Comments
A Timely Storm System on Two Big Anniversaries

Today, November 10th is the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald and tomorrow, November 11th is the 75th anniversary of the monstrous and deadly Armistice Day storm. On a similar timeline and of nearly equal strength, a storm system will be passing through Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin tomorrow (November 11th) and Thursday. […]

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September 27th Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse with SO MANY NAMES

September 23, 2015 0 Comments
September 27th Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse with SO MANY NAMES

Harvest Moon – Super Moon – “Blood” Moon So many names… What’s up with all this? This month’s full moon is Sunday, September 27th, and being the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, it is the Harvest Moon. The moon will rise Sunday evening (from Rochester’s perspective) at 6:52 PM, which is just shortly […]

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Summer Warmth This Week – First Frost Around the Corner

September 14, 2015 0 Comments
Summer Warmth This Week – First Frost Around the Corner

A warm weather pattern will remain established across the upper Midwest through the majority of this week, meaning daily high temperatures will continue to run above average – around 80 degrees – through Thursday. This is thanks to a jet stream flow that is keeping cool, Canadian air well to our north. Even though a […]

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7/28/15 Rainfall Totals

July 28, 2015 0 Comments
7/28/15 Rainfall Totals

Tuesday morning’s rainfall resulted in a daily record rainfall total for July 28th in Rochester, MN at 1.67″. Totals courtesy NWS La Crosse PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI 1105 AM CDT TUE JUL 28 2015 …RAINFALL REPORTS PAST 24 HOURS … LOCATION AMOUNT TIME/DATE LAT/LON …IOWA… …ALLAMAKEE COUNTY… 3 S DORCHESTER […]

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Decreasing Drought Status – Rain Likely This Weekend

June 4, 2015 0 Comments
Decreasing Drought Status – Rain Likely This Weekend

The wet spring is helping to alleviate some long-term drought conditions across the great state of Minnesota. As per the latest drought monitor release, the area in Minnesota classified in drought has decreased from 98% to 51%, and the area in moderate drought has decreased from about 25% to 12%.   Since this past weekend, […]

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5/3-5/4/15 Rainfall Totals

May 4, 2015 0 Comments

Rainfall totals courtesy of NWS La Crosse. You can also get radar estimated precipitation totals for an adjustable time frame here: http://water.weather.gov/precip/ PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI 951 AM CDT MON MAY 4 2015 …RAINFALL REPORTS PAST 24 HOURS … LOCATION AMOUNT TIME/DATE LAT/LON …IOWA… …ALLAMAKEE COUNTY… 3 S DORCHESTER 0.42 […]

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Sun Dogs? In April?

April 28, 2015 0 Comments
Sun Dogs? In April?

We received a couple of pictures of this morning’s sun dogs, and those pictures were accompanied by the question: in April? Yes indeed! It may seem odd, but the science behind why this would happen is very simple and not at all unusual. While we can enjoy morning temperatures in the 40s and 50s and […]

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Southeast Minnesota the Lone Exception to MN Drought

April 24, 2015 0 Comments
Southeast Minnesota the Lone Exception to MN Drought

The U.S. Drought Monitor was updated Thursday morning with continued good news for our corner of Minnesota. April’s rainfall total (prior to today) at the Rochester airport so far is 4.61″, and that is more than 2″ above average to date. The majority of the state, however, is classified in a moderate drought or abnormally dry and […]

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