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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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Looking back at September and previewing October

October 1, 2016 0 Comments
Looking back at September and previewing October

We’ve reached the end of the ninth month of 2016 (hard to believe that we’re already 3/4ths of the way through the year). It was warmer and much wetter than normal. Our average high was 2.5 degrees above normal, while our average low was 4.5 degrees above normal. In fact, we never reached a temperature […]

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A look back at the Rochester F5 Tornado, 133 years later

August 21, 2016 0 Comments
A look back at the Rochester F5 Tornado, 133 years later

August 21, 1883 is arguably the most important day in the history of Rochester. That was the day that the Med City took a direct hit from an F5 tornado. This mile-wide tornado touched down in Dodge County, leveling farms there. It moved northeast into northern Rochester, causing destruction to homes before finally dissipating about […]

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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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Why do leaves change color during the fall months?

September 28, 2015 0 Comments
Why do leaves change color during the fall months?

One of the best things about the fall months, besides all of the pumpkin spiced products of course, is the changing of the colors of leaves. There may be a bit of a misconception on what actually causes the leaves to change color. It is not only the change in temperature as we exit summer […]

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Above normal end to September; staying warm in October?

September 21, 2015 0 Comments
Above normal end to September; staying warm in October?

Even though the official start to autumn is this Wednesday, September 23, it does not necessarily feel like it. Highs in Rochester are forecasted to be in the 70s for the next seven days, which is a few degrees above normal. We don’t want to say for sure that temperatures beyond the 27th will be […]

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Fall Preview for Rochester

September 8, 2015 0 Comments

With summer unofficially ending on Labor Day, we can take a look ahead to what we can expect for fall, climatologically speaking. Typically, fall starts in the second week of September and lasts until the first week in November, thus it is similar to spring in that is a short season of only a little […]

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Sept. 7-8, 2015 Rainfall Reports

September 8, 2015 0 Comments

Rainfall totals courtesy of NWS La Crosse. Radar estimated precipitation totals can also be found at http://water.weather.gov/precip/   …RAINFALL REPORTS PAST 24 HOURS … LOCATION AMOUNT TIME/DATE LAT/LON …NORTHEAST IOWA… …ALLAMAKEE COUNTY… 3 S DORCHESTER 0.96 IN 0900 AM 09/08 43.42N/91.51W 3 SE WATERVILLE 0.76 IN 0907 AM 09/08 43.17N/91.24W 4 ENE WATSON 0.42 IN […]

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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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