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Bitterly cold with some snow chances next week, but there are still signs of a warm up

February 26, 2015 0 Comments
Bitterly cold with some snow chances next week, but there are still signs of a warm up

Our frigid February is almost over, but it looks like the unusually cold weather that has defined this month may carry over into March. Right now, we’re dealing with yet another invasion of Arctic air under a strong area of high pressure that is planted firmly to our north along the Canadian border. With temperatures […]

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Wednesday snow; a slightly warmer, more active pattern may be developing

February 25, 2015 0 Comments
Wednesday snow; a slightly warmer, more active pattern may be developing

Our winter so far has been dominated by Arctic high pressure with the occasional, weak clipper-type storm system bringing just enough snowfall to keep things white and snow covered, but there look to perhaps be some small, subtle changes ahead that may mean a little more snow and maybe a little less of the Arctic chill. Remember, it’s going […]

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Bitterly cold this week; a very, very slow warming trend lies ahead of us

February 18, 2015 0 Comments
Bitterly cold this week; a very, very slow warming trend lies ahead of us

Even as we approach the final week of February, a time of the year when we start expecting brutally cold weather to be on the wane, we’re finding ourselves dealing with some of the coldest weather of the entire winter. An air mass straight off the polar ice cap is settling into the eastern part of […]

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A Frigid Weekend

February 13, 2015 0 Comments
A Frigid Weekend

Just when it seems like perhaps we’ve turned the corner and now the worst of winter might be behind us, we find ourselves looking up at yet another blast of Arctic air for our weekend. While temperatures for Friday seems relatively close to what we would call “typical” or “seasonable” for this time of the year, […]

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A mild spell is ahead for us, but it won’t last forever

February 6, 2015 0 Comments
A mild spell is ahead for us, but it won’t last forever

A day after matching the coldest temperature reading of the season with a morning low of -17 on Thursday, things are looking brighter and warmer for us to round out the first work week of February. A subtle shift in our upper level pattern is allowing milder, Pacific modified air into the Upper Midwest and the […]

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Snowfall totals from Sunday; more snow chances ahead

February 2, 2015 0 Comments
Snowfall totals from Sunday; more snow chances ahead

Our viewing area was on the northern periphery of the massive storm system that brought heavy snow to the Midwest on Sunday. Areas from Central Iowa through the Quad cities area and Chicago received up to 18 inches of snowfall from the goliath storm while our local area received a slightly more modest amount of snow. […]

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It All Evens Out in the End

January 29, 2015 0 Comments
It All Evens Out in the End

It’s strange how our climatology works. For every stretch of abnormally warm or cold weather, there’s another spell of weather that is just the opposite to balance things out. More often than not, it’s within the same month, so in the end, the climate statistics are right around the 30 year average. With only a few exceptions […]

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Mild for now, but colder weather lies ahead of us

January 27, 2015 0 Comments
Mild for now, but colder weather lies ahead of us

While we’ve experienced a few clipper type storm systems in the past week or so, the jet stream guiding those through the Midwest from western Canada has kept the seasonably cold air bottled up in Canada while we’ve enjoyed highs in the 30s for the most part. Our climate average for the high temperature in […]

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Snowfall totals from our clipper system, more chances ahead

January 21, 2015 0 Comments
Snowfall totals from our clipper system, more chances ahead

In a very Alberta Clipper-like manner, we picked up a light coating of snow across the area between late Tuesday and early Wednesday and now things are slowly quieting down in the region. Rochester slowly and methodically picked up two inches of fresh snowfall in a mere 18 hours or so which was very representative of […]

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More snow, but less of a chill in the coming days

January 20, 2015 0 Comments
More snow, but less of a chill in the coming days

For what seemed like ages, we were wishing for temperatures that were at the very least above zero, and preferably, closer to the seasonal norm. That was the case in the first couple of weeks in 2015, but things have changed dramatically since then, haven’t they? Now temperatures are not only tolerable, but we’re experiencing early March […]

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