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the Backyard Rain Gauge by Greg_Boe
Welcome to THE BACKYARD RAIN GAUGE, a comfortable place where you can find the answer to that age-old question: "So, how's the weather?" This blog will provide a sometimes light-hearted look into our local weather, including the official National Weather Service temperature and precipitation reports from Chaska, Victoria, Chanhassen, Carver, and other nearby communities, reports of severe weather in our area, discussions about our yards and gardens, as well as forecasts, weather statistics and trivia, watches and warnings, etc. And you are certainly welcome to share your thoughts or questions about our weather - including reports on recent storm damage and rain or snowfall totals from your own backyards - along with questions about any weather-related phenomenon that you have seen or wondered about, and just about anything else that you would like to talk about. Relax - whether it's summer or winter - you're among friends when you gather 'round the Backyard Rain Gauge. Thanks for visiting us today - be sure to stop back again real soon! (Greg Boe operates a reporting station for the National Weather Service within the City of Chaska, and submits daily reports and special incident updates to the NWS and local media. He also maintains a web site which provides local weather conditions and information 24 hours a day, which is located at http://www.backyardraingauge.com )
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Monday 3/12: Damp and cloudy today
by Greg_Boe
Mar 12, 2012 | 1945 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Monday is looking like a damp and cloudy day, with a high expected near 55 degrees (cooler than the last few days, of course, but still well above the average high for the 12th of March: 41 degrees).  Fog and drizzle should transition to an occasional shower as the day progresses.  Skies should clear overnight, as we prepare for a sunny day on Tuesday with a high in the 60's.

 

Our high on Sunday was 63 degrees, while the low dipped to 45 degrees.  Overnight we received 0.16" of welcome rainfall.  Current conditions this morning include a temperature of 46 degrees, calm winds, foggy skies, and a barometer that has been falling since noon on Sunday (29.61 inches as of 6:00 a.m. on Monday).  The river has risen slightly, up to 7.15 feet.

 

Records on the books for today include a high temperature of 70 degrees (set in 1990), a low of -15 degrees (1956), and two precipitation records from way back in 1899 (11.0" of snow and 1.10" of moisture). 

 

According to the National Weather Service, on this date back in 1990 the temperature at the MSP International Airport hit a record-setting 69 degrees.  Then, in 2009, the pendulum swung the other way, with a record low temperature for the month of March of -35 degrees in Embarrass and Babbit, and -15 degrees in St. Cloud.  The high temperature in St Cloud was just 11 degrees, which broke the previous record low maximum temperature mark of 12 degrees that was set way back in 1896.  Thick fog was once again reported in Chaska on this date back in 2010.

 

On this date one year ago, we saw a high temperature of 19 degrees and a low of 13 degrees.  A trace of snowfall was reported, and the snow cover remained at 9 inches.  The river was 15.12 feet deep.

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Sunday 3/11: Another day, another new record?
by Greg_Boe
Mar 11, 2012 | 1911 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

After breaking a  record for the daily high temperature on Saturday, we are poised to do it again today!  Increasing clouds could keep us a few degrees cooler than yesterday, as moisture approaching from the south will bring us a chance of much-needed rain tonight and into Monday.  We should see a high today around 62 degrees.  Monday will be a bit cooler, although still well above average, with a high in the middle 50's.  Then "spring" is back once again, with highs in the 60's and 70's for much of next week.  Enjoy!!

 

Our high on Saturday was 63 degrees (which broke the old record of 54 degrees, from 1977), while the low dipped to 39 degrees.

 

Records on the books for today include a high of 56 degrees (set in 1995), a low of -5 degrees (from 1969), 8.2" of snow (1962) and 1.30" of moisture (1990). 

 

In Chaska one year ago we enjoyed a high of 43 degrees and a low of 14 degrees.  Thick fog was reported in the area.  We received 0.3" of snow.  The snow cover measured 9 inches.  The river was 15.36 feet deep.

 

 

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Saturday 3/10: Record warm weekend!
by Greg_Boe
Mar 10, 2012 | 2202 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The weather over the next several days should definitely have us thinking spring.  In fact, you might even find yourself putting your coat away and reaching for that favorite pair of shorts, as record warm temperatures are heading our way!  Look for mostly sunny skies today, with a high temperature reaching 62 degrees. Our winds will blow from the SW at 5-15 mph, bringing a Red Flag Warning to Southern Minnesota for today, as warm dry winds combine with dry vegetation to create a high risk of grass fires.  Sunday will bring increasing clouds, with a high around 60.  Sunday night and Monday could see some moisture moving through, with somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 inch of very welcome rainfall headed our way.  However, those warm temperatures will make a return for the rest of the week, with 60's and maybe even a 70  possible as the week progresses.  After all, March is a month of transition...

 

Our high temperature over the past 24 hours has been 42 degrees, while the low was 13 degrees (Our actual "high" on Friday afternoon occurred around 4:00 p.m. when our temp topped out at 34 degrees.  Temperatures dropped for a few hours after that point, but began rising once again after 8:00 p.m. with the passage of a warm front).  Our peak wind gust was 14 mph from the east, which occurred around 5:00 p.m.  Current conditions this morning include a temperature of 40 degrees, SW winds at 5 mph, and a falling barometer (29.95 inches of pressure).  The river is at 6.86 feet.

 

Weather records on the books for today, March 10, include a high temperature of 54 degrees (1977), a low of -3 degrees (1984), and 4.2" of snow (1956).  The average temperatures today are 40 and 20 degrees.

 

On this date back in 1948, a late winter cold wave dropped the temperature to -44 degrees at Itasca.  In Chaska one year ago we saw a high temperature of 29 degrees and a low of 19.  Thick fog was once again reported around town.  Our snow cover measured 10 inches.  The river was 15.62 feet deep.

 

For those of you who enjoy following our current weather conditions via the www.backyardraingauge.com web site, I should let you know that the site is currently down for maintenance and repairs.  We hope to be back up and running again in a few days.

 

 

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Friday 3/9: A warm weekend is coming!
by Greg_Boe
Mar 09, 2012 | 1909 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

If you are a fan of winter, be sure to spend some time outside today.  While we don't exactly have huge piles of snow waiting for you to play in, this just might be the last day for a while where it might "feel" at all like winter. Our high today should end up around 36 degrees, with increasing cloudiness.  Overnight tonight our winds will pickup, with southerly breezes bringing in warmer air just in time for the weekend.  Our overnight temps should remain constant, in the lower 30's.  Saturday we should enjoy a high temp around 60 degrees, with sunny skies and southerly winds at 15-25 mph.  By next week we could be enjoying temperatures approaching 70 degrees, so get ready for a taste of spring!

 

Our high on Thursday was 37 degrees in Chaska, while the low dipped to 14 degrees.  The peak wind gust was 24 mph from the west, around 6:00 p.m. last night. We received 0.2" of snow.  Current conditions as of 6:00 a.m. this morning include a temperature of 14 degrees, winds from the NW at 1 mph, and a rising barometer (30.56 inches).  The river is 7.09 feet deep.

 

According to the record books, the warmest temperature ever recorded on this date was 66 degrees (back in 2000), while the lowest temperature was -18 degrees (1951).  In 1918 we received 10.9" of snow, which contained 0.84" of moisture.  Our average temps for March 9 are 39 and 20 degrees.

 

On this date back in 1918, a snowstorm hit our state and deposited around 11 inches of new snow in the Twin Cities.  In 1999 light and fluffy snow piled up to 16 inches in the metro area.   In 2010, fog was reported in the Chaska area once again.



One year ago today, we saw a high of 36 degrees and a low of 25 degrees.  We received 0.03" of rain and a trace of snow.  Our snow cover had diminished to 10 inches.  The river was 15.83 feet deep.



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Thursday 3/8: Hang onto your hat!
by Greg_Boe
Mar 08, 2012 | 2040 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Our temperatures today will be around average for this time of year, with a high expected in the upper 30's.  However, strong winds will make it feel much colder than that, with gusts possibly reaching up near 40 mph this afternoon.  We could also see a few wind-blown flurries from time to time.  The good news is that this journey into "winter" will be short-lived at best, with 50's and 60's expected back in our area by the weekend!

 

Our high on Wednesday was 45 degrees, although that occurred early in the day (around 6:00 a.m.).  The low has been 21 degrees.  Our peak wind gust was 18 mph from the north, just after midnight.  We received 0.03" of moisture from light rain and drizzle throughout the day.  Current conditions this morning include a temperature of 21 degrees,  NW winds at 4 mph, and a rising barometer (30.14 inches).  The river is 7.16 feet deep.

 

Weather records for March 8 include a high temperature of 75 degrees (1987), a low of -10 degrees (set in 1967, this is one of just a hand-full of double-digit sub-zero record lows remaining on the books for this winter season), along with 12.5" of snow and 0.94" of moisture (which fell in town back in 1999).  The average high and low temperatures for March 8 are 39 and 19 degrees, respectively.

 

According to the National Weather Service, a blizzard hit our state on this date back in 1892, bringing winds of 70 mph to Easton.  Winds blowing at 60 mph created large snow drifts in Duluth, allowing residents to walk out of their second story windows.  In 2004, a vigorous Alberta Clipper brought a surprise intense snow burst to the Twin Cities, with 2.5" of snow falling from 9:30 a.m. through 12 noon.  Numerous crashes wee reported across the metro area, with I-94 and MN 280 being closed.  Television programming was interrupted to cover the deteriorating driving conditions.  By early afternoon the snow had exited into Wisconsin and the road conditions improved rapidly.  Finally, on this date in 2010, thick fog was reported in Chaska and the surrounding river valley.

 

On this date one year ago, we saw a high temperature of 39 degrees in Chaska, while our low dipped to 26 degrees.  We received 1.0" of snow, which brought our snow cover up to 13 inches.  The river was 16.08 feet deep.

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March 08, 2012
Clear skies tonight may allow our temperature to drop, but those same clear skies might also provide us with an excellent opportunity to enjoy a wonderful Northern Lights display during the overnight hours. So, make plans to spend a few minutes away from bright city lights this evening!

Wednesday 3/7: Cooler temps today, chance of showers
by Greg_Boe
Mar 07, 2012 | 1416 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I hope you got a chance to spend a few minutes outside yesterday, for today will not be a carbon copy...unfortunately.  A cold front will slice through town today, causing our temperatures to fall throughout the day.  We could see a few rain and/or snow showers as well.  Don't worry though, for warmer temperatures should return again by the weekend.   

 

Our numbers from Tuesday include a high temperature of 57 degrees in Chaska, while our low over the past 24 hours has been 29 degrees.  Current conditions as of 6:00 a.m. include a temperature of 44 mild degrees (likely our high for the day!), calm winds, and a falling barometer showing 29.51 inches of pressure.  The river was 7.18 feet deep.

 

Weather records on the books for March 7 include a high temperature of 76 degrees (1987), and a low of -14 degrees (1955).  We received 11.50" of snow on this date in 1917.

 

On this date in Minnesota weather history, snow and ice fell across much of Minnesota back in 1950.  The heaviest ice was found in Norman County near Twin Valley, where 52 electrical poles were downed due to more than 1.5" of ice on the wires.  Wind gusts up to 60 mph caused communication to be lost and many communities to be isolated.  In Pipestone, several plate glass windows were blown in.  Later in the day, heavy snow caused a Northwest Orient plane to crash in Minneapolis, damaging three homes and killing 15 people.  This crash occurred when the left wing of the plane struck a flagpole at Fort Snelling National Cemetery as the plane circled to land at the Minneapolis Airport, after the flight was diverted from Rochester due to freezing rain falling in that area.  Then, in 1987, a heat wave brought temperatures in the 70's to Minnesota. Many residents wore shorts as they began early spring yard work in earnest.

 

In Chaska one year ago today we saw a high temperature of 29 degrees, and a low of 21 degrees.  No precipitation was observed.  The snow cover was 12 inches deep. The river was measured at 16.26 feet.

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Tuesday 3/6: An early taste of spring!
by Greg_Boe
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Get ready to enjoy an early taste of spring, with mostly sunny skies and a high temperature around 56 degrees this afternoon.  Southerly breezes should blow at 5-10 mph.  While we will cool back down for Wednesday, the high tomorrow will still be around average for the date (38 degrees).  We could see rain and snow showers by Wednesday afternoon, but for now, let's just  enjoy today.  Our high this afternoon should be almost 20 degrees above average - a beautiful "April day" right here in the beginning of March!

 

Our high temperature on Monday was 37 degrees, while the low over the past 24 hours has been 9 degrees.  The peak wind gust was 18 mph, around 3:00 p.m.  Current conditions as of 6:00 a.m. this morning include a mild temperature of 31 degrees, winds from the east at 3 mph, and a falling barometer showing 29.68 inches of pressure.  The river is 7.59 feet deep.

 

Weather records on our books for March 6 include a high temperature of 72 degrees (as that hot streak back in 2000 continued), a low of -14 degrees (from 1989), 7.0" of snow (1900), and 0.97" of moisture (1983).

 

On this date back in 1836, residents at Ft. Snelling were enduring a twelve-day cold snap, with temperatures falling into double-digits below zero on seven nights.

 

In Chaska on this date one year ago, we saw a high temperature of 28 degrees and a low of 5 degrees.  One inch of snow was reported, bringing our snow cover to 13 inches.  The river was 16.56 feet deep.

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Providing that no major precipitation falls here (or upstream) within the next few weeks, the Minnesota River should indeed provide a meager spring crest sometime over the next few days (water levels have already fallen almost 2 feet from a high of 8.76 feet on March 2). That's quite a change from the last few years!

Don't worry, Mark, you should have another opportunity to enjoy some warm early spring weather by the beginning of next week!

Monday 3/5: Warmer weather is a-coming!
by Greg_Boe
Mar 05, 2012 | 1263 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Let the warm-up begin!  After eight days with below-average high temperatures, things are finally headed in the right direction.  We should see highs near 39 degrees this afternoon under partly sunny skies, with SW winds blowing at 8-12 mph.  Tuesday is looking even nicer, with sunny skies expected and a high in the upper 50's to near 60 degrees.  Say good by to our meager snow cover, folks, for things should be melting in a hurry over the next few days!

 

Our high on Sunday was 26 degrees, while the low over the past 24 hours has been 3 degrees.  The peak wind gust was 10 mph, from the west yesterday afternoon.  Current conditions at 6:00 a.m. this morning include a temperature of 11 degrees, calm winds, and a rising barometer (30.24 inches).  The river is 8.00 feet deep.

 

Records on the books for today include a high temperature of 75 steamy degrees (set in 2000, this is the first "70" we've seen since back on December 1), a low of -14 degrees (from 1960), 11.0" of snow (set back in 1915) and 0.70" of moisture (1961).  The average temperatures for March 5 are 38 and 18 degrees. 

 

On this date back in 1966 the Great Blizzard of '66 finally ended (after five days of snowfall, cold temperatures, and strong winds).  Some wind gusts were measured at over 100 mph during this storm!

 

In Chaska on this date last year we saw a high temperature of 27 degrees and a low of 1 degree.  No precipitation was reported.  The snow cover remained at 10 inches.  The Minnesota River was 17.13 feet deep.

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Sunday 3/4: Chance of light snow today
by Greg_Boe
Mar 04, 2012 | 1207 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

After a cold start this morning (our overnight low was the coldest temp we've seen since the morning of February 12th), we should warm to near 30 degrees this afternoon, with variable cloudiness and a chance of light snow.  Winds will be calmer than yesterday, blowing from the NW at 5-10 mph.  Our warm-up begins in earnest tomorrow, when we'll see a high near 40 degrees.  I still think we'll be in the 50's on Tuesday, possibly flirting with 60 if we are lucky!  Melting snow could produce some morning fog in our area.

 

Our high on Saturday was 24 degrees, while the low last night dipped to a chilly 3 degrees.  Our peak wind gust was 17 mph from the west throughout Saturday morning.  We received a trace of snow.  Current conditions this morning include a temperature of 3 degrees, calm winds, high clouds, and a steady barometer (29.95 inches of pressure).  The river is 8.23 feet deep.

 

Records on the books for March 4 in Chaska include a high temperature of 65 degrees (the first of three consecutive record warm days back in 2000), a low of -11 degrees (set in 1951), 9.6" of snow (1984) and 0.80" of moisture (also in 1984). 

 

According to the National Weather Service, an extremely damaging ice storm occurred in Duluth on this date back in 1935.  The storm began with rain and moist snow falling overnight, according to the Duluth Weather Bureau.  By morning, the snow had stopped but the rain continued.  Lights began going out in town by 6:00 p.m. due to power lines breaking.  The town was virtually cut off from the outside world, except for short wave and ham radio.  Street cars were abandoned as they became locked in place with ice (pick axes and salt were used in an attempt to free the streetcars).  A stretch of telephone poles one mile long near Thompson's Hill were broken off due to the heavy accumulation of ice.  Thousands of trees were stripped of their limbs, leaving just a center stub. Over one inch of solid ice coated everything in town.

 

In Chaska on this date one year ago, we saw a high temperature of 28 degrees and a low of 13 degrees. No precipitation was reported.  Our snow cover was 10 inches thick.  The river was 17.55 feet deep.

 

 

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Saturday 3/3: Cool and blustery today!
by Greg_Boe
Mar 03, 2012 | 1000 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Today will certainly be the worst day of the weekend, weather-wise, unless you happen to like cloudy and windy conditions.  Expect mostly cloudy skies and scattered snow showers today, with a high around 29 degrees.  Our winds will blow at 15-20 mph from the NW, with gusts up to 30 mph, giving the day a blustery feel (although, when I consider the huge outbreak of tornadoes occurring in the southeastern US., suddenly our cold and windy conditions don't seem so bad).  Sunday should be a bit nicer, with slightly warmer temps (32 degrees) and lighter winds (0-5 mph).  After that March will begin to really show itself as the "transitional month" with temps warming to near 40 degrees on Monday, and into the lower 50's on Tuesday.  Our next storm will come along mid-week, with mostly rain expected in our area.

 

Our high temperature was 33 degrees on Friday, with a low of 18 degrees overnight.  We received a trace of snowfall.  Our peak wind gust was 20 mph from the west, which occurred just after 2:00 a.m. this morning.  Current conditions (as of 6:05 this morning) include a temperature of 18 degrees, winds from the west at 5 mph, and a rising barometer (29.68 inches).  The river has settled slightly this morning, down to 8.73 feet in Jordan.

 

Weather records on the books for today include a high temperature of 61 degrees (set in 1983), a low of -7 degrees (this is the first time we've seen a "single-digit" record low since back in November!), 12.6" of snow (1985) and 1.19" of moisture (1970).

 

According to the National Weather Service, a large snow storm impacted our area on this date back in 1977, causing over 400 schools to close across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

 

One year ago today we saw a high temperature of 33 degrees in Chaska, while the low dipped to 17 degrees.  We received a trace of snow.  The snow cover remained at 11 inches.  The river measured 18.02 feet at the Jordan automated gauging station.

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