Pleasant temperatures continue, but dry weather also looks to persist

August 8, 2014 0 Comments
Pleasant temperatures continue, but dry weather also looks to persist

Our temperatures so far this summer have been phenomenal. Our readings have essentially been in a comfortable zone the entire time without any hot spikes or heat waves and it looks like that pattern will continue in the near term and in the longer term. The Climate Prediction Center has our region in a high […]

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A Tale of Two Forecasts

August 5, 2014 0 Comments
A Tale of Two Forecasts

Wednesday forecast is what you would call challenging.  It’s challenging in the sense that two towns ten miles away from one another can see completely different weather.  We break that down in the blog and talk about who has the best chance to see what. First of all the set-up. A warm front that is […]

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The first week of August may feature a little more rain for us

August 1, 2014 0 Comments
The first week of August may feature a little more rain for us

While generally unseasonably cool temperatures for the month of July in 2014 made headlines, it was the rainfall that was a bit more off the mark statistically. We were more than four degrees cooler than normal for high temperatures for July in Rochester which is certainly noteworthy, but not record-setting by any means. We measured less than half the normal amount of rainfall for […]

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Not at all a typical July so far

July 30, 2014 0 Comments
Not at all a typical July so far

With only nine days of 80 degrees or warmer this month in the first full 29 days and lows in the 50s twice as often as 60 or 70 degree lows, we can tell without even looking at statistical data that this July is running quite a bit below normal for temperatures as we approach […]

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July 25, 2014 Rainfall Totals

July 25, 2014 0 Comments
July 25, 2014 Rainfall Totals

Amounts courtesy NWS La Crosse. PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI 847 AM CDT FRI JUL 25 2014 …RECENT RAINFALL REPORTS… LOCATION AMOUNT …IOWA… …ALLAMAKEE… 3 S DORCHESTER 0.19 IN 1 NE POSTVILLE 0.15 IN 3 SE WATERVILLE 0.03 IN 4 ENE WATSON 0.02 IN …CHICKASAW… IONIA 2W 0.26 IN 3 SW […]

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Our weather pattern is drying out; Drought ahead?

July 24, 2014 0 Comments
Our weather pattern is drying out; Drought ahead?

What was once an active, wet weather pattern in our region has become much drier in the past couple of weeks. We came into the month of July with more than a two-inch surplus of rainfall for the calendar year, but since then rainfall has been less and less frequent and our lawns and fields […]

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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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