winter

Astronomical Winter Summary

March 21, 2017 0 Comments

While most official climate records are organized by meteorological seasons such as “meteorological winter, meteorological spring, etc., some data is still categorized by astronomical seasons. This is keeping data between an equinox and the ensuing solstice, or vice versa. Here’s  look at Rochester’s data from winter 2016-17 compliments of the National Weather Service in La […]

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Quite a rain storm for February

February 21, 2017 0 Comments

For more than a week now, unbelievably mild, March and April-like temperatures have been confusing us with notions of an early spring or at least an end to winter. On Presidents’ Day, it wasn’t the pleasant or comfortable nature of our current warm spell that all but made us forget it’s February, but rather gray skies and […]

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Snowfall Totals from the Heavy Snow Event

January 25, 2017 0 Comments

While the winter storm that has brought up to a foot of snow to parts of the area continues to bring at least some snowfall for our Wednesday, the bulk of the heavy stuff is now out of our weather picture and we’re getting a chance to assess how much there is to shovel or play in. […]

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Taking stock of the snow so far this season and looking ahead to the first few days of 2017

December 28, 2016 0 Comments
Taking stock of the snow so far this season and looking ahead to the first few days of 2017

I’ve heard some chatter on social media and around town lately that this has been a mild winter so far, with “not enough snow.” Well, at least from a climatological perspective, that’s a wrong assessment. In fact, we’ve received about 3 inches of snow more than we normally would expect through December 27th in Rochester. […]

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Forecasting the coming winter chill: How cold will we get this December?

December 2, 2016 0 Comments
Forecasting the coming winter chill: How cold will we get this December?

Coming off an incredibly mild November (the average temperature was 42.8 degrees, 9 degrees above normal), you might be wondering if December will be similar. Well, that probably won’t be the case. The good news is we should be pretty mild to start the month. The average high temperature for the first week of December […]

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December summary and a preview of January

January 1, 2016 0 Comments
December summary and a preview of January

Now that we’re into the new year with fairly new wintry scenery and a colder, more seasonable weather pattern we can look back at the final statistics and see how warm and wet December really was. Overall, it was the second warmest AND the second wettest December of all-time and the second warmest winter month […]

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A taste of more typical winter weather, then more wintry sloppiness

December 16, 2015 0 Comments
A taste of more typical winter weather, then more wintry sloppiness

As one potent storm system moves out, we’re looking at the prospect of a quieter pattern for a few days as the first blast of seasonably cold air blows in for the tail end of the week and weekend. Rochester has yet to record a high temperature below freezing this month, and in fact, twelve […]

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Winter storm on the way to end November

November 28, 2015 0 Comments
Winter storm on the way to end November

A winter storm watch has been issued for the areas along and west of I-35 in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. The watch runs from 6 am Monday to 6 pm Tuesday in Minnesota and 6 am Monday to 6 am Tuesday in Iowa. There is no indication yet as to whether a watch will […]

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A quiet weekend, but more snow chances may right around the corner

November 27, 2015 0 Comments
A quiet weekend, but more snow chances may right around the corner

Thankfully, our lone “rough” weather day in this holiday weekend is behind us and now we can focus on Christmas shopping or preparing for winter. In the wake of the rain, sleet, and snow event Thursday, drier and colder air has poured in from the Plains making thins blissfully tranquil, but a bit raw. Surface high pressure […]

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Everyone run for your lives, it’s the Godzilla (El Niño)!!!

August 14, 2015 0 Comments
Everyone run for your lives, it’s the Godzilla (El Niño)!!!

You may have heard about a strange phenomenon that could be occurring later this year over the last couple of days on social media called the “Godzilla” El Niño. Now, it would be easy to overreact because something being referred to as “Godzilla” would seem pretty serious. Also, you may shrug it off because it […]

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