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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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Record Setting Rainfall

August 11, 2016 0 Comments
Record Setting Rainfall

A slow moving complex of storms delivered record setting rainfall to portions of southeast Minnesota on August 11th of 2016. These storms dropped 3 to 7″+ of rain to portions of Wabasha, Goodhue, Dodge and Olmsted Counties early in the morning which led to flooding along the Zumbro River and some of its tributaries. Rainfall […]

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Hot Enough?

July 21, 2016 0 Comments
Hot Enough?

This latest stretch of weather has been a hot one and it’s not because the actual air temperatures have been that high. Blame the dew points, which is the measure of moisture in the air and the main reason why it was downright miserable to be outdoors. A dew point on 60, you may start […]

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A long spell of summer warmth

September 1, 2015 0 Comments
A long spell of summer warmth

We’ve saved the longest stretch of summer warmth for a part of the year that in some ways isn’t even considered summer. As we change the calendar to September, we also change our weather calendar to Meteorological Fall which means we’re now in the three-month of block of the most autumn-like weather in the year. However, […]

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New Horizons probe will make close pass of Pluto Tuesday morning

July 13, 2015 0 Comments
New Horizons probe will make close pass of Pluto Tuesday morning

It’s common knowledge that Pluto is no longer considered a planet by the scientific community. Nevertheless, the dwarf planet is still worth studying. The New Horizons probe will make its closest pass of Pluto at 11:49:57 UTC (6:49:57 am CDT) on Tuesday. The probe will be able to learn more about Pluto than we ever […]

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Wednesday’s rainfall totals; some weekend thunderstorm chances for us

June 18, 2015 0 Comments
Wednesday’s rainfall totals; some weekend thunderstorm chances for us

As we move through the second half of the month of June, which is also typically the peak of severe weather season, we enjoy little break from severe weather concerns as sunshine looks to dominate the weather picture for a couple of days. The cold front that triggered our most recent round of severe weather on […]

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May 29-30, 2015 Rainfall Totals

May 30, 2015 0 Comments
May 29-30, 2015 Rainfall Totals

Rainfall totals courtesy of NWS La Crosse. Radar estimated precipitation totals can also be found at http://water.weather.gov/precip/ …RAINFALL REPORTS PAST 24 HOURS … LOCATION AMOUNT TIME/DATE LAT/LON …IOWA… …ALLAMAKEE COUNTY… 3 SE WATERVILLE 1.49 IN 0707 AM 05/30 43.17N/91.24W 3 S DORCHESTER 0.11 IN 0700 AM 05/30 43.42N/91.51W 4 ENE WATSON 0.06 IN 0745 AM […]

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