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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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December Summary and a Glance at January

January 1, 2015 0 Comments
December Summary and a Glance at January

It took about three weeks, but we managed to not only coat the landscape with some fresh snow and clear the gloominess from our skies for the last few days of December. Unfortunately, that sunshine has been associated with some bitterly cold air from northern Canada. The bitterly cold temperatures in the final days of December […]

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Colder air has arrived, even colder air is expected next week

November 6, 2014 0 Comments
Colder air has arrived, even colder air is expected next week

The well-advertised cool down is underway and it looks like we’ll be going from typical early November chilly weather to downright frigid, December-like weather within the next week. That’s right, we’re going to be essentially skipping ahead about a month in our meteorological calendar in the coming days thanks to a shift in the jet stream […]

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A cool spell lies ahead of us

November 4, 2014 0 Comments
A cool spell lies ahead of us

As we move through the first week of November, we’re experiencing quite a range of November style weather. So far, it’s been we’ve been essentially right on the money for this time of the year with typical 40s and 50s for highs, brisk winds, and both sun and rain. We’ll be adding a little late […]

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NOAA’s 2014-15 Winter Outlook

October 16, 2014 0 Comments
NOAA’s 2014-15 Winter Outlook

NOAA’s 2014-15 Winter Outlook was released today. If you put stock in that sort of thing, and last winter’s weather wasn’t quite up your alley, you may appreciate this year’s forecast. “Last year’s winter was exceptionally cold and snowy across most of the United States, east of the Rockies. A repeat of this extreme pattern […]

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Fall officially begins on a mild note; plenty of warmth ahead

September 22, 2014 0 Comments
Fall officially begins on a mild note; plenty of warmth ahead

We’ve already experienced our share of fall weather over the past month or so with a couple of spells of 50 and 60 degree highs and even a couple of rounds of frost in the area, but ironically as we reach the autumnal equinox, the official start to fall, our weather seems to be actually […]

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Sizzling Start To September — Meteorological Summer Recap

September 2, 2014 0 Comments
Sizzling Start To September — Meteorological Summer Recap

We are supposed to start the cooling trend into fall this month, but Mother Nature is making up for lost time in the heat department instead.  This round of warmth won’t be too intense or last that long,  but it will certainly be a change of pace from the weather we started off the first […]

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2014 So Far Ranking High in the Cold Air Department, Locally

July 17, 2014 0 Comments
2014 So Far Ranking High in the Cold Air Department, Locally

First, thanks to Glenn and Todd at NWS La Crosse for compiling and sharing this data. 2014 to date is the 3rd coldest year in Rochester, MN based on the average high temperature of 46.6 degrees, to date. That’s a tie with 1937. It’s an apples-to-apples comparison, so average high temperatures for previous years are […]

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Missing the peak of summer warmth? Not really…

July 16, 2014 0 Comments
Missing the peak of summer warmth? Not really…

Through the 15th, this July’s average temperature is running 5.6 degrees below “normal,” and there have been only 2 days this month with a high reaching above that 30-year average (“normal”). We have yet to hit 90 degrees at the Rochester airport this season. Highs this past Monday and Tuesday were very close to tying […]

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A warm June is in the books; cooler days ahead for July?

July 1, 2014 0 Comments
A warm June is in the books; cooler days ahead for July?

The first of two cold fronts to affect us this week has swept through the region, bringing an end to the humid and stormy weather pattern we were dealing with in the final days of June. Now, as we start July, the second front is just to our north and is poised to push its way through the […]

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