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December summary and a preview of January

January 1, 2016 0 Comments
December summary and a preview of January

Now that we’re into the new year with fairly new wintry scenery and a colder, more seasonable weather pattern we can look back at the final statistics and see how warm and wet December really was. Overall, it was the second warmest AND the second wettest December of all-time and the second warmest winter month […]

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An active week ahead as we approach the holidays

December 21, 2015 0 Comments
An active week ahead as we approach the holidays

As we move through the second half of December with Christmas just ahead of us, our weather pattern looks to stay “active”, but also mostly mild which means liquid precipitation and even ice at times to go with a couple of shots at actually measuring some snow. The jet stream aloft is in a zonal […]

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A taste of more typical winter weather, then more wintry sloppiness

December 16, 2015 0 Comments
A taste of more typical winter weather, then more wintry sloppiness

As one potent storm system moves out, we’re looking at the prospect of a quieter pattern for a few days as the first blast of seasonably cold air blows in for the tail end of the week and weekend. Rochester has yet to record a high temperature below freezing this month, and in fact, twelve […]

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The mild spell continues

December 7, 2015 0 Comments
The mild spell continues

The calendar reads “December,” but for all intents and purposes it might as well say “November” as our brown ground and 40 something temperatures are essentially holdovers from last month and it looks like we may stay on the “un-December-like” side of things for a while longer. In a typical early to mid December, we’d […]

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A quiet weekend, but more snow chances may right around the corner

November 27, 2015 0 Comments
A quiet weekend, but more snow chances may right around the corner

Thankfully, our lone “rough” weather day in this holiday weekend is behind us and now we can focus on Christmas shopping or preparing for winter. In the wake of the rain, sleet, and snow event Thursday, drier and colder air has poured in from the Plains making thins blissfully tranquil, but a bit raw. Surface high pressure […]

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A quiet start to Thanksgiving week

November 23, 2015 0 Comments
A quiet start to Thanksgiving week

After a cold, but sun filled weekend, slightly warmer air is trickling into the region to start the new work week as skies look to remain fairly dry and sunny. Given the amount of snow pack in north Iowa and far southern Minnesota, however, some spots will enjoy less of the warmth than others over […]

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Our mild spell ends as things become a bit wintry

November 18, 2015 0 Comments
Our mild spell ends as things become a bit wintry

How many times have we talked about how mild and pleasant this fall season has been, especially during this unusually mild November? Probably ten times on this blog alone and about 100 times on the air! A major shift is occurring right now, however, that will not only bring an end to the mild weather for good, but it looks […]

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Another mild spell is ahead, but colder air isn’t far off

November 13, 2015 0 Comments
Another mild spell is ahead, but colder air isn’t far off

It’s almost become something of a custom for us this fall season to have all of the unsettled and windy weather in the middle of the work week, saving the brightest, most pleasant weather for the weekend and once again this looks to be playing out for us this week. The large, powerful storm system […]

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A mostly mild week is ahead

November 9, 2015 0 Comments
A mostly mild week is ahead

Sunshine continues to dominate our weather picture as we start the second week of November, a month that is not typical known for sunshine. On average, the city of Rochester experiences overcast skies with little or no sun at all a whopping 53 percent of the time in November making it the cloudiest month of […]

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November weather has finally arrived

November 6, 2015 0 Comments
November weather has finally arrived

It took nearly five whole days to happen, but our first seasonably cool air mass of November has settled in just in time for the weekend. The game changing event occurred early Thursday evening with the passage of a potent cold front through the area, ending our unbelievable stretch of early October weather and bringing […]

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