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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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Meteor Shower Tonight! 4/22/15

April 22, 2015 0 Comments
Meteor Shower Tonight! 4/22/15

For more details on the Lyrid Meteor Shower, seen tonight (4/22/15-4/23/15), check out this article by Science@NASA.

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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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Majority of Minnesota in Moderate Drought

March 19, 2015 0 Comments
Majority of Minnesota in Moderate Drought

image courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor This should come as no surprise, especially if you’ve cleaned the dirt and bugs out of your rain gauge. At this time, I don’t see this as a dire situation across the region as there’s still plenty of time ahead for some good, spring rainfall. There is actually a really […]

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Colder Nights = Better News for Your Pancakes

March 16, 2015 0 Comments
Colder Nights = Better News for Your Pancakes

Since the beginning of Daylight Saving Time on March 8th, temperatures have been no colder than 32 degrees at the Rochester airport. Overnight lows have been above the freezing mark for much of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa for the past 9 days. While the warmer weather has been more comfortable for all of us, […]

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If you liked today…

March 8, 2015 0 Comments
If you liked today…

You’ll certainly enjoy the weather this week. I mean, I’m just guessing you will, but maybe not. They say if you buy 10 people ice cream, one is likely to complain about the flavor. But I digress… Daily high temperatures will remain above average through this week. A cold front arrives Saturday, but it’s still […]

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Daylight Saving Time Begins This Weekend

March 6, 2015 0 Comments
Daylight Saving Time Begins This Weekend

In case you haven’t heard, let us be the first to remind you. Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend, and it’s time to set your clocks ahead an hour, preferably before you go to bed Saturday evening. Looking ahead, the weather is looking great for some extended, PM daylight. Our next milestone is the vernal […]

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El Niño Finally Shows Up; Winter Refuses to Answer its Calls

March 5, 2015 0 Comments
El Niño Finally Shows Up; Winter Refuses to Answer its Calls

Source – NOAA Due to the weak strength of the El Niño, widespread or significant global weather pattern impacts are not anticipated. However, certain impacts often associated with El Niño may appear this spring in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, such as wetter-than-normal conditions along the U.S. Gulf Coast. “Based on the persistent observations of […]

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