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Wabasha County Tornadoes 5-17-2017

May 18, 2017 0 Comments
Wabasha County Tornadoes 5-17-2017

2 tornadoes struck southern Wabasha County on May 17th. According to the National Weather Service in La Crosse, who conducted the storm survey determined that both tornadoes were weak, EF-0 tornadoes with estimated wind speeds of 65 mph. The 1st tornado touched down briefly in Plainview around 4:30PM causing minor damage in town to buildings […]

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Wet Start to 2017

April 6, 2017 0 Comments
Wet Start to 2017

It sure seemed like the month of March and the first couple days of April featured enough wet weather and very little sunshine here across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. That wasn’t just a feeling, the numbers back up the fact that 2017 has been very wet so far across portions of the Upper Midwest. […]

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Upcoming Storm Spotter Training Classes

March 10, 2017 0 Comments

The La Crosse National Weather Service will be around southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa through April offering Storm Spotter training classes. These classes are free and last about 2 hours. Please check out the La Crosse National Weather Service for more information for online classes. Date Time County City Place March 16 6:30 p.m. Wabasha […]

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A Look at February

February 3, 2017 0 Comments
A Look at February

February is still firmly in winter, but we certainly do begin to see some changes! During the month of January, temperatures are historically cold with our coldest time of the year occurring through the middle of the month. It’s during February that we really begin to see our average temperature begin to climb from an […]

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First Snowstorm of 2017

January 25, 2017 0 Comments
First Snowstorm of 2017

Here’s a sampling of snow totals from across the area from 1/24/2017 to 1/25/2017. A convective (thunder) band of snow delivered a swath of heavier snow from Cerro Gordo County through Worth, Mitchell, Mower and southern Olmsted Counties. Snow totals tapered off as you went north of Dodge Center and Rochester with only 1 to […]

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Average Temperature Year in Review

December 29, 2016 0 Comments
Average Temperature Year in Review

With just 2 days to go in 2016, December is likely to finish with below average monthly temperatures. This may not seem like a big deal, but this will be only the 2nd month of 2016 to post below average monthly temperatures. The only other month to see below average monthly temperatures was January which […]

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A Warm Fall and November

December 1, 2016 0 Comments
A Warm Fall and November

Some flowers were still blooming across southeast Minnesota on November 30th after what has been a fall for the record books! Meteorological fall 2016, which ran from September 1st through November 30th, will go down as the 2nd warmest fall on record for Rochester with an average temperature of 53.1°. This falls just short of […]

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Computer Modeling Issues 4 Days Out

November 14, 2016 0 Comments
Computer Modeling Issues 4 Days Out

Talk about a forecasting headache! This is a big reason why I don’t get too excited about the details of a potential storm even 4 days out. Here’s a look at the placement of a potential area of low pressure at noon on Friday between 3 different computer models.   As of today (Monday), the […]

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Winter Outlook 2016/’17

October 21, 2016 0 Comments
Winter Outlook 2016/’17

It may be hard to imagine, but winter is just around the corner after this very mild fall! The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) released their winter forecast for the U.S. and it paints two very different pictures thanks to a weak La Nina expected to occur in the Pacific Ocean.  Below you will find the […]

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Peak Fall Color Coming

October 3, 2016 0 Comments
Peak Fall Color Coming

We’re just into October and that means peak fall color is just around the corner for southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin. The main trigger for trees to change color is the loss of daylight. Ever since the summer solstice back in June, we have been watching the sun set a little sooner each […]

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