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Rainy Monday – Optimistic for a White Christmas

December 21, 2014 0 Comments
Rainy Monday – Optimistic for a White Christmas

A storm system is beginning to take shape and, as of Sunday evening, is moving across the Rocky Mountains. Tonight it’s just a large batch of unsettled weather over much of the intermountain region with snow falling in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Idaho, but once the system moves east of the Rocky Mountains it […]

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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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July 2014 in Comparison

July 23, 2014 0 Comments
July 2014 in Comparison

Warm spells have been short-lived this July and we’re back to seasonable warmth with low humidity after a sticky start to the week. Here’s a look at how this July’s daily high temperatures through today compare to the 30-year average (climate “normal”). Take a look at how this July compares to July of 2012. This […]

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Cooler, Generally Dry Pattern Kicks Back Into Gear

July 22, 2014 0 Comments
Cooler, Generally Dry Pattern Kicks Back Into Gear

Now that we’ve got the summer heat wave under our belts, all 36 hours of it, it’s time to get back to the weather we’ve been getting used to this summer. While there will be some subtle variations from day-to-day, the jet stream is going to settle into a rather persistent pattern with northwest flow […]

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Smoky Skies Stick Around – Brief Warm Up Coming

July 18, 2014 0 Comments
Smoky Skies Stick Around – Brief Warm Up Coming

The image above displays active fires across North America along with smoke analyzed by satellite and is view-able using NOAA’s Fire Mapping Product. The green is thin smoke, yellow is moderately dense. And here is a very basic image showing locations of fires and smoke plume as of 8pm Friday evening. Winds in the mid to […]

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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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Ranking Up There With Some Heavy-Hitting Winters

February 25, 2014 0 Comments
Ranking Up There With Some Heavy-Hitting Winters

2/25/14 Before we get to spring (and already, in many cases), we’ll be in the top 10 record rankings for a) the season, b) meteorological winter (Dec-Feb), c) February, and d) astronomical winter in a number of ways. A tip of the hat to NWS La Crosse for compiling climate data and their friendliness in […]

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7pm Update: Thursday to Friday Snow and Blizzard

February 19, 2014 0 Comments
7pm Update: Thursday to Friday Snow and Blizzard

Update: Snowfall forecast updated at 9:50pm We’re about 2 hours away from another round of data that will, hopefully, help us into final approach with the coming storm system. After a little glitch in some data this morning, this afternoon’s update still had Thursday’s storm on track, and with a rather substantial amount of snow […]

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Sunday Blizzard (for some), Brutal Cold On the Way

January 24, 2014 0 Comments
Sunday Blizzard (for some), Brutal Cold On the Way

1/24/14, 7pm update: Our first round of snow is underway and will be ending this evening. I expect totals to reach 1-2″ in southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa, but a few locations may slightly exceed snowfall expectations. Winds of 20-30mph will continue to make for blowing and drifting snow the rest of Friday night into […]

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