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August Summary and a Look Ahead to September

September 1, 2014 0 Comments
August Summary and a Look Ahead to September

We certainly ended August on a warm, rainy note, didn’t we? Compared to what we experienced earlier in the month, there were some rather large changes later in August that will actually carry over into September. One of those pattern changes is frequent rain chances. We’ve had a rather warm, but unsettled Labor Day weekend thus far […]

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Rainfall update; looking ahead to some more chances this weekend

August 29, 2014 0 Comments
Rainfall update; looking ahead to some more chances this weekend

It wasn’t a pretty scene by any stretch of the imagination Thursday as clouds and about 18 hours of rain dominated the weather picture locally, but in the end we came out with a decent amount of rainfall. Most spots locally ended up with anywhere from half an inch to two inches of rain which […]

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Temperatures look to remain mild this week with a little holiday weekend rain possible

August 26, 2014 0 Comments
Temperatures look to remain mild this week with a little holiday weekend rain possible

All at once, we’ve returned to the September-like weather that has been almost a constant in our region this summer thanks to the passage of a cold front through the Upper Mississippi Valley Monday, and just like that the heat wave is over. A crisp north breeze will drawing in some dry air from northern […]

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A Warm and Wet Stretch of Days Ahead

August 20, 2014 0 Comments
A Warm and Wet Stretch of Days Ahead

Even though we’ve experienced a couple of heavy rounds of rain in recent days, there still remains a bit of a rainfall deficit for much of the area and because of that, we’re still technically hoping for a little more rain in the forecast. The good news is, there will be several opportunities for rain in the […]

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A warmer, wetter trend possible in the next week

August 13, 2014 0 Comments
A warmer, wetter trend possible in the next week

Warmer air is surging into the area this week, meaning more summer-like 80 degree readings will be returning to our weather picture, ending the most recent spell of Fall-like weather. We’ve experienced eight consecutive days with high temperatures in the 70s while lower 80s would be considered the climate “norm” or average for early August. […]

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Pleasant temperatures continue, but dry weather also looks to persist

August 8, 2014 0 Comments
Pleasant temperatures continue, but dry weather also looks to persist

Our temperatures so far this summer have been phenomenal. Our readings have essentially been in a comfortable zone the entire time without any hot spikes or heat waves and it looks like that pattern will continue in the near term and in the longer term. The Climate Prediction Center has our region in a high […]

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The first week of August may feature a little more rain for us

August 1, 2014 0 Comments
The first week of August may feature a little more rain for us

While generally unseasonably cool temperatures for the month of July in 2014 made headlines, it was the rainfall that was a bit more off the mark statistically. We were more than four degrees cooler than normal for high temperatures for July in Rochester which is certainly noteworthy, but not record-setting by any means. We measured less than half the normal amount of rainfall for […]

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Not at all a typical July so far

July 30, 2014 0 Comments
Not at all a typical July so far

With only nine days of 80 degrees or warmer this month in the first full 29 days and lows in the 50s twice as often as 60 or 70 degree lows, we can tell without even looking at statistical data that this July is running quite a bit below normal for temperatures as we approach […]

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Our weather pattern is drying out; Drought ahead?

July 24, 2014 0 Comments
Our weather pattern is drying out; Drought ahead?

What was once an active, wet weather pattern in our region has become much drier in the past couple of weeks. We came into the month of July with more than a two-inch surplus of rainfall for the calendar year, but since then rainfall has been less and less frequent and our lawns and fields […]

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A Big Warm Up Lies Ahead of Us

July 17, 2014 0 Comments
A Big Warm Up Lies Ahead of Us

As our current weather pattern continues to shift and we go from unseasonably cool to more seasonable weather this week, we’re beginning to see data in the forecast that suggests we may be experiencing some of the warmest weather of the year in the coming week or so. The jet stream has been shifted to […]

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