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Showing posts from April, 2013

Winter storm this week

Winter storm this week A late winter storm brought a mixture of weather to the state over April 10-11 (Wed-Thu) this week. Rain, sleet, freezing rain, snow, thunder, lightning, and strong winds were all elements of this storm system, causing numerous power outages, traffic accidents, paralyzing communities in some cases, and cancelling many events. An ice storm knocked out power in many areas of SW Minnesota including Worthington where a good deal of tree damage was reported. Winds of 40-50 mph were reported from the Duluth area.

April 10 (Wed) brought record setting amounts of rainfall to many south-central and southeastern communities including a new statewide record for the date of 2.80 inches at Caledonia. Others setting records that day included 2.30 inches at Preston, 2.25 inches at La Crescent, 2.08 inches at Lanesboro, 2.07 inches at Minnesota City, 1.97 inches at Fairmont and Winnebago, 1.95 inches at Wells, 1.83 inches at Spring Valley, 1.64 inches at Waseca,…

Cold start to April

Cold start to April Many observers reported very cold temperatures for the first few days of April. In the central and northern counties overnight lows dipped into the single digits F. Embarrass, Kabetogama, Orr, International Falls, Tower, and Crane Lake reported overnight lows below 0 degrees F, with a -6 degrees F at Crane Lake on April 3rd. During the daytime hours on Wednesday (April 3)the winds shifted from the north to the south raising the temperature at Canby from a morning low of 25 degrees F to an afternoon high of 63 degrees F under sunny skies. Similarly Madison, MN (Lac Qui Parle County) rose from a morning low of 23 degrees F to an afternoon high of 61 degrees F.

Red River Valley flood risk pushed back on the calendar With the cool start to April and expected cooler than normal temperatures into next week, the NWS-Grand Forks office issued an updated hydrological outlook this week for the Red River of the North which projected the flood risk on that wate…