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Gravity Wave at Sunrise

August 26, 2014 0 Comments
Gravity Wave at Sunrise

What a beautiful sky this morning! I will confess to have missed the sunrise. Working evenings doesn’t lend itself well to waking up too early, but it sure was great to see the pictures sent to us via e-mail and shared on our facebook page. What caused this beautiful sky this morning? Was it aliens? […]

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July 25, 2014 Rainfall Totals

July 25, 2014 0 Comments
July 25, 2014 Rainfall Totals

Amounts courtesy NWS La Crosse. PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI 847 AM CDT FRI JUL 25 2014 …RECENT RAINFALL REPORTS… LOCATION AMOUNT …IOWA… …ALLAMAKEE… 3 S DORCHESTER 0.19 IN 1 NE POSTVILLE 0.15 IN 3 SE WATERVILLE 0.03 IN 4 ENE WATSON 0.02 IN …CHICKASAW… IONIA 2W 0.26 IN 3 SW […]

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July 2014 in Comparison

July 23, 2014 0 Comments
July 2014 in Comparison

Warm spells have been short-lived this July and we’re back to seasonable warmth with low humidity after a sticky start to the week. Here’s a look at how this July’s daily high temperatures through today compare to the 30-year average (climate “normal”). Take a look at how this July compares to July of 2012. This […]

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Cooler, Generally Dry Pattern Kicks Back Into Gear

July 22, 2014 0 Comments
Cooler, Generally Dry Pattern Kicks Back Into Gear

Now that we’ve got the summer heat wave under our belts, all 36 hours of it, it’s time to get back to the weather we’ve been getting used to this summer. While there will be some subtle variations from day-to-day, the jet stream is going to settle into a rather persistent pattern with northwest flow […]

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Smoky Skies Stick Around – Brief Warm Up Coming

July 18, 2014 0 Comments
Smoky Skies Stick Around – Brief Warm Up Coming

The image above displays active fires across North America along with smoke analyzed by satellite and is view-able using NOAA’s Fire Mapping Product. The green is thin smoke, yellow is moderately dense. And here is a very basic image showing locations of fires and smoke plume as of 8pm Friday evening. Winds in the mid to […]

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2014 So Far Ranking High in the Cold Air Department, Locally

July 17, 2014 0 Comments
2014 So Far Ranking High in the Cold Air Department, Locally

First, thanks to Glenn and Todd at NWS La Crosse for compiling and sharing this data. 2014 to date is the 3rd coldest year in Rochester, MN based on the average high temperature of 46.6 degrees, to date. That’s a tie with 1937. It’s an apples-to-apples comparison, so average high temperatures for previous years are […]

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Missing the peak of summer warmth? Not really…

July 16, 2014 0 Comments
Missing the peak of summer warmth? Not really…

Through the 15th, this July’s average temperature is running 5.6 degrees below “normal,” and there have been only 2 days this month with a high reaching above that 30-year average (“normal”). We have yet to hit 90 degrees at the Rochester airport this season. Highs this past Monday and Tuesday were very close to tying […]

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6/14-6/20 Rainfall Totals

June 20, 2014 0 Comments

Our thanks to NWS La Crosse for compiling the rainfall totals. PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI 119 PM CDT FRI JUN 20 2014 …PRELIMINARY RAINFALL TOTALS FROM JUNE 14TH THROUGH JUNE 20TH… LOCATION COUNTY AMOUNT …NORTHEAST IOWA… WAUCOMA 3S FAYETTE 7.44 NEW HAMPTON CHICKASAW 7.42 CHARLES CITY FLOYD 7.19 POSTVILLE ALLAMAKEE […]

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6/17/14 Rainfall Totals

June 17, 2014 0 Comments
6/17/14 Rainfall Totals

Thanks to NWS La Crosse for compiling rainfall totals. As of yet, I have not seen a list out of NWS Twin Cities, so we’re missing totals from Goodhue, Steele, and Freeborn counties, among more. Totals varied quite a bit across southern MN and northern IA, so your rainfall results may vary. PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT […]

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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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