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A mild, but unsettled holiday weekend is ahead

May 21, 2015 0 Comments
A mild, but unsettled holiday weekend is ahead

We’re just hours away from the weekend that signifies the unofficial start to summer and right on cue, seasonable warmth is returning to the region. High pressure is settling into the Midwest from the west, making for a bright and pleasant Thursday. It’s the first of two picture perfect days in the area as we […]

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Warmer, more unsettled days ahead in an active weather pattern

May 13, 2015 0 Comments
Warmer, more unsettled days ahead in an active weather pattern

After a blustery, raw start to the week, things have momentarily brightened up and gotten much more pleasant for us thanks to an area of high pressure. This at least gives us a break from clouds and showers for a day in what is shaping up to be a long-term “active” weather pattern, one that […]

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Our unsettled weather stretch continues into Mother’s Day and beyond

May 7, 2015 0 Comments
Our unsettled weather stretch continues into Mother’s Day and beyond

A large, slow-moving storm system to the southwest of our area in the central Plains has been bringing clouds and showers to our weather picture for the past couple of days while the strongest severe weather has been in the southern Plains in its southern flank. As the surface low pressure with this system and […]

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Looking back at April and ahead at a warm, unsettled start to May

May 1, 2015 0 Comments
Looking back at April and ahead at a warm, unsettled start to May

The month of April in Rochester certainly was a turbulent period of time for us with each week seemingly having its own theme, and in some cases, its own season. There were stretches of days where we struggled to reach the mid 40s and in a couple of cases, we recorded some snowfall. The heaviest, […]

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Don’t Start Growing Those Plants Just Yet

April 23, 2015 0 Comments
Don’t Start Growing Those Plants Just Yet

With all of the warm temperatures and rain that we’ve seen so far in April, one would think it would be a good time to get out in the backyard and plant some veggies and flowers. However, the best time to start growing is after the latest freeze date of Spring, and historically, that has […]

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Today’s Temperatures Evidence That Snowpack Matters

March 28, 2015 0 Comments
Today’s Temperatures Evidence That Snowpack Matters

We would normally expect temperatures to soar on a day like today, with clear skies and light wind. However, when there is lots of snowpack, the temperature is regulated and does not increase nearly as fast. If you look at the current Visible Satellite image, you can see the correlation between the parts of our […]

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Messy Outlook In Play For Tuesday/Wednesday

March 23, 2015 0 Comments
Messy Outlook In Play For Tuesday/Wednesday

We saw large snow accumulations all across our area on Sunday night and we have another chance for some wintry precipitation coming on Tuesday night. A low pressure system tracking eastward across the Great Plains has a katafront (a front with precipitation preceding it) associated with it and that is bringing rain and wintry mix […]

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A March-like cool down is ahead

March 14, 2015 0 Comments
A March-like cool down is ahead

We’re going to enjoy one more gasp of incredibly warm weather before cooler, more seasonable conditions make their way in for much of the upcoming week. The jet stream all week-long has been well to our north, keeping the “active weather” north of us, or in other words, rain and snow have been diverted around the […]

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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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A dusting of snow and some milder weather in the area

January 14, 2015 0 Comments
A dusting of snow and some milder weather in the area

The Arctic air mass that has been plaguing us for a couple of weeks has finally retreated to the north and now we’re looking at a more seasonable weather pattern that, compared to recent subzero weather, may feel unbelievably warm to us. The storm system that accompanied the transition to this warmer regime also brought a […]

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