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Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight

April 14, 2014 0 Comments

With all of the excitement (or outrage) in the wake of our Sunday night snow event, you may have forgotten about our upcoming lunar eclipse. It just so happens that tonight will be the one night this week we’re expecting clear skies, so it should be perfect weather for us to see the “Blood Moon” […]

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Some Mild Weather Ahead for the Rest of This Week

April 8, 2014 0 Comments
Some Mild Weather Ahead for the Rest of This Week

We’ve already enjoyed a couple of doses of rather pleasant and mild early spring days in the past couple of weeks, including the past two days where highs near 60 degrees were felt across the entire area. It looks like we’ll be building on the concept of small gasps of mild weather by stretching out a […]

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An Early April Snow Storm For Us

April 2, 2014 0 Comments
An Early April Snow Storm For Us

 We’re continuing to watch a large storm system that is currently located in the southwestern United States, but will soon be on our doorstep, bringing a dose of winter weather to our local area even as we approach the first weekend of April. One piece of energy ahead of that will bring some rain and […]

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A Surge of Warmth for the Weekend

March 28, 2014 0 Comments
A Surge of Warmth for the Weekend

We’ve waited a long time to talk about the prospect of 50, or dare I say, 60 degree warmth, but this weekend’s forecast is looking like a pretty warm one, at least for a day. Given the rough winter we’ve had, the unusually pronounced Arctic air pattern  in our upper level winds, and our really […]

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It May Be Spring, But We Still Have Some Winter-like Weather Ahead of Us

March 21, 2014 0 Comments
It May Be Spring, But We Still Have Some Winter-like Weather Ahead of Us

While we’re enjoying a bright, breezy, and spring-like Friday we know that this gasp of warmth is going to be here for a limited time only as a potent cold front is poised to swing through the region later today (Friday evening) drawing in much colder air from Canada for tonight and the weekend. As […]

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An Active Weather Pattern for the Next Week

March 14, 2014 0 Comments
An Active Weather Pattern for the Next Week

It’s almost like a cliché or perhaps a bad joke, but when we reach mid March in southern Minnesota and north Iowa, people begin to expect at least one heavy snow event, or at the very least, an ugly wintry mixture that reminds us we’re first in the midst of  ”tournament time” and it’s not quite […]

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Snowfall Totals from the Big Blizzard of ’14

February 21, 2014 0 Comments
Snowfall Totals from the Big Blizzard of ’14

The snow came on quickly Thursday afternoon and a lot piled all evening long, but now the snow part of the storm system is gone and just the wind remains. Here’s a look at some of our area’s snowfall totals. The majority of the viewing area ended up with 5 to 10 inches of accumulation […]

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Warmer Days Ahead, More Snow Chances As Well

February 14, 2014 0 Comments
Warmer Days Ahead, More Snow Chances As Well

Our weather pattern has certainly gotten more active in the past few days as a series of storm systems have been sliding through the region just about every other day on the strong jet stream aloft. To go with the increase in storm system frequency in the Upper Midwest, slightly warmer air has begun to reach northward into our […]

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Cold With Less Active Weather This Week

February 3, 2014 0 Comments
Cold With Less Active Weather This Week

The jet stream looks to be taking a dip further southward this week, keeping the storm track running from the southern Rockies through the central Plains, and into the mid Mississippi Valley, but mainly south of our local area.  The next system to affect us will arrive Tuesday, bringing what looks to be a dusting […]

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Arctic Air Begins to Retreat, More Snow Chances Ahead

January 28, 2014 0 Comments
Arctic Air Begins to Retreat, More Snow Chances Ahead

The cold, dry high pressure from the Arctic that we’ve been dealing with over the past couple of days remains in control of our weather, but only for a little longer.  The blast of frigid air circulating around the cold core of the Polar Vortex northeast of us that has pushed the jet stream southward […]

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