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Thursday 3/8: Hang onto your hat!
by Greg_Boe
 the Backyard Rain Gauge
Mar 08, 2012 | 3501 views | 1 1 comments | 53 53 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!
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