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Snowfall 1-18-2019

January 18, 2019 0 Comments
Snowfall 1-18-2019

Here’s a look at snowfall totals as of Friday evening on January 18th, 2019. Snow continues to fall at the time of this post and I expect snow totals to be much higher south of I-90 before the snow finally ends.  

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Snow Shortage 1-9-2019

January 9, 2019 0 Comments
Snow Shortage 1-9-2019

With no official snow on the ground here in Rochester as of January 9th, some folks may be wondering if we’ll see any more snow this winter. The short answer to this question is of course yes, but with little snow in the forecast now through mid January it’s tough to say just when we’ll […]

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Dreaming of a White Christmas 12-19-2018

December 19, 2018 0 Comments
Dreaming of a White Christmas 12-19-2018

Are you dreaming of a White Christmas? For some folks across Minnesota, you may be struggling to scrape up enough snow to even qualify for a White Christmas which is defined by at least 1 inch of snow on the ground on Christmas Day! As of this Wednesday (December 19th) southern Minnesota was holding on […]

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Heavy Rainfall September 4th & 5th, 2018

September 9, 2018 0 Comments
Heavy Rainfall September 4th & 5th, 2018

Several rounds of heavy rainfall soaked southeast Minnesota between the morning of September 4th and the 5th. This lead to flooding of area roads in the Rochester area and pushed area rivers to near flood stage. Despite seeing 3 to 7 inches of rain in places across Rochester, the flood protection around town helped to […]

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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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Quite a pleasant spell of weather ahead

May 16, 2016 0 Comments
Quite a pleasant spell of weather ahead

It seems like the last few weeks have been mostly characterized by gloom with glimpses of gusty, cool sunshine, but not many stretches of mild, sensational sunshine for our region, but it looks like that may be changing. The jet stream aloft, the current of winds in the upper portion of the atmosphere responsible for […]

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A Promising May Outlook

May 2, 2016 0 Comments
A Promising May Outlook

The final week of April turned out to be an absolute dud as weather goes around of our with raw winds, periods of rain, and subnormal temperatures dominating the scene, but things have gotten better since we turned the page on the calendar. After a decent Sunday that featured at least some sunshine at times […]

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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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An active week ahead as we approach the holidays

December 21, 2015 0 Comments
An active week ahead as we approach the holidays

As we move through the second half of December with Christmas just ahead of us, our weather pattern looks to stay “active”, but also mostly mild which means liquid precipitation and even ice at times to go with a couple of shots at actually measuring some snow. The jet stream aloft is in a zonal […]

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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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