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 persistent heavy rain accompanied by a few cracks of thunder in the afternoon in a handful of local towns. In a part of the year when heavy snow, or at the very least, sleet or freezing rain would be more likely, we managed to pick up almost an inch of rainfall in Rochester while a number of locations measured more than an inch, washing away what’s left of the dwindling snow pack. It wasn’t a record rainfall total for Rochester, but it was certainly impressive and not entirely without merit as we took a nearly half-inch rainfall deficit in the morning and added enough rainfall to give the Med city a three-tenths of an inch surplus. Here are some specific rainfall totals from area reporting sites. The overall feel of the day was that of an April afternoon where damp, dreary weather and gusty winds with temperatures in the 50s would have been less extraordinary and almost expected.

Of course, this spring-like warmth won’t last much longer. After we flirt with record high temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday colder air will begin to settle in, eventually leading to a wintry Friday that will feature snow or a mixture and possibly significant accumulation. Temperatures starting Friday will be much more seasonable with 30s and even 20s for highs returning following a week-long hiatus.

 

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
623 AM CST Tue Feb 21 2017

...Rainfall Reports...

Location                     Amount    Time/Date       Lat/Lon              

...Iowa...

...Allamakee County...
3 SE Waterville              0.50 in   0607 AM 02/21   43.17N/91.24W        
4 ENE Watson                 0.48 in   0545 AM 02/21   43.11N/91.26W        
3 S Dorchester               0.46 in   0600 AM 02/21   43.42N/91.51W        

...Chickasaw County...
Ionia 2W                     1.44 in   0545 AM 02/21   43.03N/92.50W        

...Clayton County...
Elkader 5NW                  0.44 in   0600 AM 02/21   42.91N/91.47W        
Littleport                   0.42 in   0545 AM 02/21   42.75N/91.37W        
Marquette-Bloody Run Creek   0.38 in   0600 AM 02/21   43.04N/91.21W        
Garber                       0.34 in   0515 AM 02/21   42.74N/91.26W        
Elkader Turkey River         0.30 in   0545 AM 02/21   42.84N/91.40W        
Guttenberg Dam 10            0.26 in   0600 AM 02/21   42.78N/91.10W        

...Fayette County...
Eldorado                     0.42 in   0545 AM 02/21   43.05N/91.81W        
Oelwein Municipal Airport    0.31 in   0555 AM 02/21   42.68N/91.97W        

...Floyd County...
Nashua 2sw                   1.42 in   0600 AM 02/21   42.94N/92.57W        
Charles City Airport         1.18 in   0555 AM 02/21   43.07N/92.61W        
Rockford-Shell Rock Rvr      1.05 in   0545 AM 02/21   43.01N/92.93W        
Charles City-Cedar River     0.98 in   0530 AM 02/21   43.06N/92.67W        

...Howard County...
3 NE Riceville               1.18 in   0558 AM 02/21   43.40N/92.50W        

...Mitchell County...
Osage                        1.09 in   0545 AM 02/21   43.28N/92.85W        
Saint Ansgar                 1.08 in   0533 AM 02/21   43.38N/92.92W        

...Winneshiek County...
Bluffton                     0.55 in   0545 AM 02/21   43.41N/91.90W        
Decorah Municipal Airport    0.41 in   0555 AM 02/21   43.28N/91.74W        

...Minnesota...

...Fillmore County...
Preston 6s                   1.02 in   0530 AM 02/21   43.59N/92.11W        
Pilot Mound-Root River       0.89 in   0600 AM 02/21   43.78N/92.03W        
Fillmore                     0.89 in   0530 AM 02/21   43.76N/92.27W        
Preston Airport              0.76 in   0553 AM 02/21   43.68N/92.18W        
Lanesboro-Root River         0.75 in   0530 AM 02/21   43.72N/91.98W        

...Houston County...
Houston                      0.59 in   0445 AM 02/21   43.77N/91.57W        
Mound Prairie                0.39 in   0545 AM 02/21   43.78N/91.45W        

...Mower County...
Ostrander 5wnw               1.01 in   0530 AM 02/21   43.63N/92.53W        
Austin 3S                    0.89 in   0600 AM 02/21   43.64N/92.97W        
Austin 2NE-Dobbins Creek     0.88 in   0530 AM 02/21   43.67N/92.95W        
Lansing-Cedar River          0.81 in   0530 AM 02/21   43.75N/92.95W        
Austin 3 NW - Turtle Creek   0.77 in   0530 AM 02/21   43.65N/92.98W        

...Olmsted County...
Dover                        1.01 in   0600 AM 02/21   43.97N/92.12W        
4 WSW Rochester              0.88 in   0600 AM 02/21   43.98N/92.56W        
Eyota 2NE                    0.88 in   0530 AM 02/21   44.01N/92.20W        
4 ESE Douglas                0.83 in   0557 AM 02/21   44.09N/92.49W        
Rochester-Beltline           0.82 in   0530 AM 02/21   44.01N/92.47W        
3 N Rochester                0.81 in   0515 AM 02/21   44.06N/92.47W        
Rochester International Airp 0.81 in   0554 AM 02/21   43.91N/92.50W        
Byron                        0.81 in   0602 AM 02/21   44.04N/92.64W        
Elgin 5SE                    0.80 in   0530 AM 02/21   44.01N/92.11W        
Rochester-Cascade Creek      0.80 in   0530 AM 02/21   44.03N/92.47W        
2 NE Rochester               0.77 in   0600 AM 02/21   44.04N/92.44W        
Rochester 3W                 0.76 in   0530 AM 02/21   44.02N/92.53W        
Oronoco                      0.75 in   0530 AM 02/21   44.16N/92.54W        
2 ENE Rochester              0.75 in   0530 AM 02/21   44.03N/92.43W        
3 NE Rochester               0.74 in   0609 AM 02/21   44.05N/92.45W        
3 ESE Douglas                0.72 in   0605 AM 02/21   44.09N/92.51W        
Rochester-Beltline Bear Cree 0.71 in   0530 AM 02/21   44.01N/92.45W        
Mayo Helipad                 0.71 in   0553 AM 02/21   44.02N/92.48W        
2 NE Rochester               0.69 in   0605 AM 02/21   44.04N/92.44W        
Rochester                    0.68 in   0603 AM 02/21   44.01N/92.49W        
Oxbow Park Alert Gage        0.67 in   0500 AM 02/21   44.09N/92.64W        
2 SE Douglas                 0.67 in   0557 AM 02/21   44.08N/92.55W        
Oronoco 1W                   0.66 in   0530 AM 02/21   44.17N/92.55W        
Pine Island 1S               0.56 in   0600 AM 02/21   44.19N/92.65W        
3 SW Hammond                 0.52 in   0609 AM 02/21   44.18N/92.41W        
Byron                        0.45 in   0608 AM 02/21   44.03N/92.66W        

...Wabasha County...
Plainview                    1.19 in   0606 AM 02/21   44.17N/92.17W        
Kellogg-Zumbro River         0.82 in   0600 AM 02/21   44.32N/92.00W        
Lake City                    0.79 in   0603 AM 02/21   44.45N/92.27W        
Mazeppa 3ESE                 0.76 in   0530 AM 02/21   44.26N/92.49W        
Bear Valley Alert Rain Gage  0.75 in   0400 AM 02/21   44.36N/92.51W        
2 NNW Zumbro Falls           0.74 in   0607 AM 02/21   44.32N/92.44W        
Mazeppa Alert Gage           0.63 in   0758 PM 02/20   44.27N/92.55W        

...Winona County...
4 NNE Elba                   0.94 in   0545 AM 02/21   44.15N/92.00W        
Minnesota City Dam 5         0.85 in   0600 AM 02/21   44.16N/91.81W        
Whitewater State Park Group  0.85 in   0530 AM 02/21   44.06N/92.05W        
Elba                         0.84 in   0545 AM 02/21   44.09N/92.03W        
Whitewater State Park        0.81 in   0530 AM 02/21   44.05N/92.05W        
Winona Dam 5A                0.75 in   0600 AM 02/21   44.09N/91.67W        
1 E Winona                   0.73 in   0606 AM 02/21   44.05N/91.63W        
La Crescent Dam 7            0.60 in   0600 AM 02/21   43.87N/91.31W        
Dakota                       0.55 in   0515 AM 02/21   43.91N/91.36W        

...Wisconsin...

...Buffalo County...
Alma Dam 4                   0.86 in   0600 AM 02/21   44.33N/91.92W        

...Clark County...
Colby 6SW                    0.95 in   0600 AM 02/21   44.87N/90.42W        
Neillsville 1W               0.91 in   0500 AM 02/21   44.56N/90.61W        

...Crawford County...
Prairie Du Chien  Airport    0.52 in   0555 AM 02/21   43.02N/91.12W        
Lynxville Dam 9              0.52 in   0600 AM 02/21   43.21N/91.10W        
De Soto                      0.43 in   0606 AM 02/21   43.42N/91.19W        

...Grant County...
Boscobel Airport             0.43 in   0553 AM 02/21   43.16N/90.67W        
1 ENE Boscobel               0.39 in   0603 AM 02/21   43.15N/90.68W        
Platteville Municipal Airpor 0.29 in   0555 AM 02/21   42.69N/90.44W        

...Jackson County...
1 E Black River Falls        0.78 in   0515 AM 02/21   44.30N/90.83W        
Black River Falls Area Airpo 0.68 in   0555 AM 02/21   44.25N/90.86W        

...Juneau County...
2 N Cloverdale               0.64 in   0610 AM 02/21   44.06N/90.17W        
Necedah                      0.60 in   0548 AM 02/21   44.03N/90.08W        
Volk Field                   0.58 in   0558 AM 02/21   43.94N/90.25W        
Mauston Airport              0.42 in   0555 AM 02/21   43.84N/90.14W        
Mauston                      0.38 in   0607 AM 02/21   43.80N/90.07W        
2 WNW Dellwood               0.38 in   0610 AM 02/21   44.00N/89.99W        

...La Crosse County...
3 W Saint Joseph             0.94 in   0605 AM 02/21   43.78N/91.10W        
La Crosse Weather Office     0.74 in   0600 AM 02/21   43.82N/91.19W        
Onalaska 2N                  0.56 in   0610 AM 02/21
La Crosse Regional Airport   0.55 in   0553 AM 02/21   43.88N/91.26W        

...Monroe County...
Sparta/Fort McCoy Airport    0.44 in   0555 AM 02/21   43.96N/90.74W        

...Richland County...
3 NW Avoca                   0.44 in   0608 AM 02/21   43.23N/90.37W        

...Taylor County...
Chelsea                      0.96 in   0600 AM 02/21   45.30N/90.30W        
3 NE Lublin                  0.88 in   0614 AM 02/21   45.11N/90.69W        
Medford Airport              0.78 in   0555 AM 02/21   45.10N/90.30W        

...Trempealeau County...
Trempealeau Dam 6            0.59 in   0600 AM 02/21   44.00N/91.44W        

...Vernon County...
Readstown                    0.70 in   0600 AM 02/21   43.45N/90.76W        
Ontario                      0.70 in   0500 AM 02/21   43.72N/90.59W        
Viroqua Municipal Airport    0.61 in   0555 AM 02/21   43.58N/90.90W        
Genoa Dam 8                  0.54 in   0600 AM 02/21   43.57N/91.23W
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