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March closing out with some moisture

Some moisture to close out March: This week brought arguably the wettest spell of the year to some Minnesota counties with four consecutive days of measurable precipitation. Some areas benefited from over half an inch of moisture, most of which went into the soil. A few spots like Owatonna, Grand Meadow, Lanesboro, Rochester, Spring Valley, and Zumbrota received over an inch of precipitation. Much of it fell in the form of snow, sometimes mixed with rain. Some observers reported a total of 8-12 inches of snowfall during the week, but much of it melted as daytime temperatures reached the upper 30s to low 40s F. In fact some observers also reported new daily record snowfalls for March 23rd, including: Bird Island with 6.1"; Redwood Falls with 5.0"; Waseca with 7.5"; Caledonia with 6.7": Spring Valley with 8.5": Theilman with 8.9"; Zumbrota with 10.0", and on March 24th Rochester reported a new record snowfall of 2.6 inches. Though these mo

Temperature Records Set and New Seasonal Climate Outlook

Temperature Records Set March 13-16: A displacement of the polar jet stream north into Canada brought very warm air to Minnesota last weekend.  Scores of warm temperature records were set around the state over March 13-16, including 60 new daily high maximum temperature records, and 35 new daily high minimum temperature records.  A sampling of these new records includes: March 13th: New daytime high maximum temperature record of 68F at Worthington; 67F at Browns Valley and Marshall; 65F at Wheaton; and 61F at Brainerd and Pine River Dam. March 14th: New record high maximum temperature record of 67F at Caledonia; and 63F at Park Rapids. March 15th: New record high maximum temperature record of 77F at Milan; 73F at Park Rapids; 72F at Artichoke Lake; 70F at MSP; 69F at Grand Rapids; and 68F at Bigfork; along with new record high minimum temperature record of 45F at Milan and Marshall, and 43F at Artichoke Lake and Park Rapids. March 16th: New record maximum temperature record of