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Where has the summer gone? It didn't seem that long ago that we were just beginning to talk about summer temperatures, and here I am writing about the last full month of summer, which has just come to a close. It always seems a bit difficult to make August weather very interesting.  August is...
"It's not the heat; it's the humidity" is the headline for July. I'm betting that if you polled a number of people in Rock County and asked them what the weather headline should be for July that the answers received would likely split between the heat and the heavy rainfall. Interestingly enough,...
One of the odd happenings of weather this spring has been the fact that, by all appearances, it should to be a very wet one on record.  However, that is all it has been — appearances. For the second straight month in a row, I completed my tally of precipitation and found to be surprised where the...
If I happened to be in the business of nicknaming the months, this April would be "Average April." Overall, April temperatures varied little, with average highs just slightly below normal and average lows a few degrees above normal. Even the extremes for the month were not that extreme, with the...
If you like warm temperatures, relatively speaking, then 2016 has been your year — so far.  In the months of January through March we've seen increasing above-normal temperatures each month culminating in a balmy 7 degrees above normal for March.  Spring and fall months are weather transition times...
Warm and wet is the story for February, and if you haven't driven on one of the county gravel roads (I use that term loosely) then you really are not seeing or feeling the impact of this month's weather.  As someone who drives my kids to a rural day care provider 3 days per week, I can attest to...
The start of the new year was a pleasant one, and who wouldn't like a 30-degree New Year's Day high temperature with clear skies? In fact ... the entire first week was relatively warm with only some slight precipitation in the form of light rain and light snow.  However, the bottom dropped out of...
What a way to end 2015! The heavy snows of November quickly melted away due to extremely warm temperatures in December — particularly in the first half of the month.  Those living on gravel roads or having to travel on gravel roads may have decided the 4-wheel drive was necessary — not due to snow...
Autumn 2015 will likely go down as one of the Top 10 warmest on record.  Comparing Sioux Falls' climatology records, the warmest autumn was in 1963 when temperatures averaged 53.87 degrees. The Top 10 is rounded out with No. 10 coming in at 51.57 degrees set in 2005.  Luverne's 2015 Autumn...
I'm not sure anyone could ask for a more beautiful autumn than what we have seen so far.  The warm temperatures in particular have been at the forefront of many a conversation on the weather recently.  Overall, October average temperatures soared 5 degrees above normal with both highs and lows...

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