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Heads up! Total lunar eclipse next week

April 8, 2014 0 Comments
Heads up! Total lunar eclipse next week

Depending on cloud cover, we’re (we: North and South America, among others) up for a total lunar eclipse next week. When? Monday night into Tuesday morning, the 14th into the 15th of April. The eclipse will be visible late at night, beginning around 1am CDT (technically earlier, but not noticeable until then) and ending around […]

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Spring 2014 Begins Thursday, March 20th

March 19, 2014 0 Comments
Spring 2014 Begins Thursday, March 20th

At least by the calendar and celestial bodies, Spring of 2014 begins at 11:57am CDT on Thursday, March 20th. The Vernal Equinox (Spring Equinox) is when the center of the sun is directly overhead the equator – when the axis of the earth is tilted neither toward or away from the sun. It is not, […]

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March 4-5, 2014 Snowfall Totals

March 5, 2014 0 Comments
March 4-5, 2014 Snowfall Totals

Well, that’s over now. Uff da! A persistent, narrow band of snow delivered some extreme amounts of snow to a select few in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. Thanks to the National Weather Service for putting snowfall totals. We’ll update this post with updated totals as more come in.   Here’s what the actual radar […]

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Ranking Up There With Some Heavy-Hitting Winters

February 25, 2014 0 Comments
Ranking Up There With Some Heavy-Hitting Winters

2/25/14 Before we get to spring (and already, in many cases), we’ll be in the top 10 record rankings for a) the season, b) meteorological winter (Dec-Feb), c) February, and d) astronomical winter in a number of ways. A tip of the hat to NWS La Crosse for compiling climate data and their friendliness in […]

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February 20-21 Blizzard/Snow Storm Pictures

February 22, 2014 0 Comments

We still have quite a few pictures to add to this gallery. If you sent us pictures and don’t see yours here, it’s not that we don’t like it, but that we haven’t got to it yet. Enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

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February 20-21, 2014 Blizzard Snowfall Totals

February 21, 2014 0 Comments
February 20-21, 2014 Blizzard Snowfall Totals

We’ll be supplementing this with more information as the day goes along and more snowfall totals are available. Thanks as always to NWS La Crosse for collecting reports. Totals in addition to the list in interactive map form here. PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI 1000 AM CST FRI FEB 21 2014 […]

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7pm Update: Thursday to Friday Snow and Blizzard

February 19, 2014 0 Comments
7pm Update: Thursday to Friday Snow and Blizzard

Update: Snowfall forecast updated at 9:50pm We’re about 2 hours away from another round of data that will, hopefully, help us into final approach with the coming storm system. After a little glitch in some data this morning, this afternoon’s update still had Thursday’s storm on track, and with a rather substantial amount of snow […]

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Quick Brief: Thursday Snow – Potential Blizzard

February 18, 2014 0 Comments
Quick Brief: Thursday Snow – Potential Blizzard

Headlines as of 11pm Tuesday, February 18th. These will be updated from Watches to Warnings or Advisories by local NWS offices Wednesday. The storm system will begin affecting us Thursday morning. Here’s a timeline of what I expect, at least from Tuesday night’s perspective. All of the following is subject to change as we get […]

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Climbing the Cold Weather Rankings

February 7, 2014 0 Comments

[insert copyrighted picture of Sub Zero from Mortal Kombat here] Our friends at NWS La Crosse have been keeping a running tally and rank of how this winter compares to others in regards to number of sub-zero days, average temperature, and number of days with measurable precipitation and snowfall. This winter ranks high in every […]

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Sunday Blizzard (for some), Brutal Cold On the Way

January 24, 2014 0 Comments
Sunday Blizzard (for some), Brutal Cold On the Way

1/24/14, 7pm update: Our first round of snow is underway and will be ending this evening. I expect totals to reach 1-2″ in southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa, but a few locations may slightly exceed snowfall expectations. Winds of 20-30mph will continue to make for blowing and drifting snow the rest of Friday night into […]

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