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The river continues to rise,
by Greg Boe
 the Backyard Rain Gauge
Mar 14, 2010 | 96 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The river continues to rise, and with more snow remaining to melt in western Minnesota that trend could continue...

Today has started out with clouds and some fog, and that should remain the case for much of the day. We could enjoy our first "50" of the year on Sunday and/or Monday, and temps should remain in the 40's and 50's for much of next week...before colder temps and a chance of (dare I say it?) snow returns to our area by next weekend. Oh well, it is March, after all, so I suppose we should expect a last gasp or two of winter before it is all over (here is some fairly recent proof of that possibility: our record snowfall for March 14th is 9.0" from back in 2002).

On the bright side, however, our weather statistics also bring proof of spring knocking on our door, with record temps for today of 64 degrees (set in 1990) and -14 (set in 1975, this is the last double-digit sub-zero record low in the books until we get to November!). Our sunrise and sunset for today are listed as 7:29 a.m. and 7:19 p.m., with that one-hour jump courtesy of our switch to daylight savings time this morning.

The Minnesota River is sitting at 18.60 feet as of 7:00 this morning, up another 2.5 feet since yesterday. While our snow cover is officially listed as a "trace" here in eastern Carver County, there is still 5" of snow on the ground in places like Redwood Falls, so the river will likely continue to rise for the next several days. How high will it go? Stay tuned....

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