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Monday 3/12: Damp and cloudy today
by Greg_Boe
 the Backyard Rain Gauge
Mar 12, 2012 | 3423 views | 0 0 comments | 53 53 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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