No fooling around here! We kick off April with the warmest day of 2015 so far

April 1, 2015 0 Comments
No fooling around here! We kick off April with the warmest day of 2015 so far

In early spring, sometimes the windiest days are the warmest ones and that’s exactly how we’re starting the month of April in the Upper Midwest. A potent storm system to our northwest is generating some strong winds as it moves in from the northern Rockies, pulling in very warm air and even a small amount […]

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April 4th, 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse

March 31, 2015 0 Comments
April 4th, 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse

If you want to see the total lunar eclipse this weekend, head outside and check it out before sunrise Saturday morning. Partial eclipse begins at 5:16am CDT and total eclipse begins at 6:58am. However, from our perspective in Rochester, MN, we won’t be able to see the eclipse in totality. For us, sunrise is 6:46am […]

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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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A nice warm up is ahead

March 27, 2015 0 Comments
A nice warm up is ahead

While we continue to muddle our way through a late March stretch of unseasonably cold weather, we at least have some signs of hope for a nice warm up ahead of us. The jet stream has been in a northwesterly flow for most of the week and each of the past five days has been […]

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Cold temps persist, but not for too much longer

March 25, 2015 0 Comments
Cold temps persist, but not for too much longer

Our winter-like final week of March continues with cold air pouring into the region on the heels of the most recent snow producing storm system to impact the local area. Most of the area received one to three inches of wet, slushy snow Tuesday night, adding a little extra white to our winter wonderland. Rochester […]

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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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Winter returns with heavy snow in the area; more snow is possible this week

March 23, 2015 0 Comments
Winter returns with heavy snow in the area; more snow is possible this week

We waited the entire winter in Rochester and across much of the local area for a large dumping of snow and finally, in the first weekend of spring, we got it! The 7.9 inches of snow measured at the Rochester International Airport is almost twice the previous high seasonal one-day snowfall of 3.9 inches. It […]

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Spring begins on a mild note, but colder weather lies ahead for the weekend

March 20, 2015 0 Comments
Spring begins on a mild note, but colder weather lies ahead for the weekend

Spring begins today (Friday) with some April-like weather in our region thanks to a surge of warmer air that is blowing in ahead of an approaching cold front to the north. As much as we need rainfall, that instead will be staying to our northeast along this front, but the colder air from Canada will definitely not […]

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Majority of Minnesota in Moderate Drought

March 19, 2015 0 Comments
Majority of Minnesota in Moderate Drought

image courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor This should come as no surprise, especially if you’ve cleaned the dirt and bugs out of your rain gauge. At this time, I don’t see this as a dire situation across the region as there’s still plenty of time ahead for some good, spring rainfall. There is actually a really […]

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We May See Some Green in the Sky This St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2015 0 Comments
We May See Some Green in the Sky This St. Patrick’s Day

The night sky has decided to get into the holiday spirit and dress up in green today for St. Patrick’s Day.  A coronal mass ejection (CME), which is a large bubble of electrified gas from the Sun, hit Earth’s magnetic field at 11:30 pm CDT last night.  At first, the impact caused a relatively mild […]

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