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Chaska Herald – entry Wednesday 10 26 Our first snowflakes of the season

Our skies should be mostly cloudy today, with a passing shower a distinct possibility anytime throughout the day. We can expect a high around 50 degrees.  Fortunately our winds should be light today, blowing from the north at 5-10 mph, so it won’t feel too cold.  A few of those passing showers could even turn over to a snow flurry or two during the overnight tonight, bringing us a sight we have not seen in a long time, and certainly an indication of what is to come.  Of course it could always be worse, and you can ask the folks out in Denver about that…since they are waking up to 5-10 inches of new snow within their metro area, as the first significant snowfall of the season has brought Winter Storm Warnings to the eastern slopes of the Rockies.   Our high temperature on Tuesday was 55 degrees, while our low has dipped to 40.  We received a trace of precipitation.  Our peak wind gust yesterday was 19 mph from the NE, around 10:00 am.  Current conditions this morning include a temperature of 40 degrees, calm winds, and a steady barometer (30.05 inches).  The river is 6.58 feet deep.   Weather records on the books for today include a high temperature of 83 degrees (set in 1955), a low of 17 degrees (from 1988), 1.3″ of snow (1959), and 1.54″ of rain (1941).  The average temps for today have fallen to 56 and 34 degrees.  Our sunrise and sunset times for today are 7:46 a.m. and 6:14 p.m., respectively.   According to the book of Minnesota Weather Trivia, an unusual outbreak of severe weather occurred across our region on this date in 1996.  Intense low pressure produced blizzard conditions over portions of South Dakota, while one hundred miles to the east unseasonably mild temperatures and high dew points produced large hail and 12 tornadoes in parts of Minnesota.  In Douglas County, near Alexandria, an F2 tornado with a 9 mile track destroyed several homes. One woman sustained broken bones and internal injuries when a portion of her home (with her inside) was flung 200 feet onto I-94. Tornadoes also touched down in Swift, Kandiyohi, Pope, Stearns, and Isanti Counties on that same day.   In Chaska on this date last year, we saw a high of 60 degrees and a low of 37.  We received 0.24″ of rain, and saw a wind gust of 38 mph. Our barometric pressure was 29.07 inches.  

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