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Tuesday 3/6: An early taste of spring!
by Greg_Boe
 the Backyard Rain Gauge
Mar 06, 2012 | 2485 views | 2 2 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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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March 07, 2012
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!
March 06, 2012
Why does the nice weather always seem to fall on deadline day? I'll have to crack open my window.

Greg, with the upcoming snowmelt, do you think the river (now about 3 feet higher than it has been all winter) will have its spring crest in the next few days?
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