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Weather Blog: The Big Chill

Our flurries will pass, causing some slowing on the roads. We haven’t had much experience in the snowfall department this year with only 1.1 inches in the Twin Cities. Some south of the Twin Cities could see some minimal accumulation this evening, but the big headline is still focused on the cold air on the way.

11/21/2013

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Weather Blog: Fifty Nifty Degrees

It had been 10 days since we had felt the 50s around here. That all changed Wednesday when we warmed to 50 degrees in the Twin Cities. That is actually seven degrees above average for this time of year (and 22 degrees warmer than Tuesday).

11/13/2013

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Weather Blog: The Opener

This will be remembered as a windy deer hunting opener. Those who hunt in extreme northern Minnesota will have to walk through snowy fields or woods this weekend.

11/08/2013

Wild Stache

Wild Sporting Movember Staches To Break The Ice

Hockey and facial hair go together like peas and carrots. So when the founders of Movember came to the NHL about five years ago, the league saw the charity as a perfect fit.

11/01/2013

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Weather Blog: Chilling Out!

It looks like we will take our first trip below freezing Monday night in Minneapolis. Last year we accomplished that feat on Oct. 7, when we bottomed out at 28 degrees. We are behind schedule, and I’m sure allergy sufferers will rejoice as we spend the next few nights below freezing, killing most vegetation that messes with our noses.

10/21/2013

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Good Question: How Far Ahead Can Weather Really Be Predicted?

The Farmers’ Almanac is out with its annual weather forecast for the coming years. This time, it’s predicting a “piercing cold” winter with “normal snowfall” for the Upper Midwest. There are actually two Farmers’ Almanacs: the Farmers’ Almanac has been predicting since 1818 and the Old Farmers’ Almanac since 1792. Both say they average 75- to 80-percent accuracy, but some meteorologists put the Old Farmers’ Almanac to the test, saying it’s probably closer to 50 percent. WCCO Chief Meteorologist Chris Shaffer says the science is not solid.

08/26/2013

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WCCO 4 At The Fair: Day 5

Today is Seniors, Kids, and Minnesota State Patrol Day. Some vintage State Patrol Cars are on display on West Dan Patch Avenue, and you can play to win some cool State Patrol giveaways.

08/26/2013

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Summer Heat Returns After Taking The Month Off

You can’t call it the calm before the storm because there’s no sign of severe weather – just a whole lot of heat and humidity. Summer, in the scorching sense, hasn’t made an appearance in quite a while. Recently it’s felt almost like fall. But like a carefree kid getting ready to head back to school, a reality check is also on the way in the form of 90-degree weather.

08/19/2013

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Good Question: Why Are Hailstones Different Sizes?

Many of you ended up with dents in your cars and roofs from all of the hail that came down last night. Reports ranged from hail the size of a pea to the size of a tennis ball.

08/07/2013

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Amputee Veterans Prove They’re Still In The Game

A group of veterans is proving their war wounds won’t slow them down.

07/12/2013

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Good Question: ‘Reply All’: Summer Edition

It’s almost the Fourth of July, and most Minnesotans are just getting into the swing of summer. Many of you emailed questions relating to your favorite season.

06/28/2013

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Goin’ To The Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Lanesboro

All this week Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer have been at the lake…or many lakes. On Friday, the guys went south of the Twin Cities to Lanesboro, Minn.

06/14/2013

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Goin’ To The Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Chetek, Wis.

All this week, Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer are goin’ to the lake. On Thursday, the guys explored Chetck, Wis. It’s a town of about 2,000 people, but in the summer that population swells to well above that.

06/13/2013

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Goin’ To The Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Deerwood

All this week, Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer are goin’ to the lake. On Wednesday, they headed to Deerwood, Minn.

06/12/2013

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Goin’ To The Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Alexandria

All this week, Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer are goin’ to the lake. On Tuesday, they headed to Alexandria, Minn. There — on a sunny day with highs in the 80s — the duo visited the Maritime Museum, a winery and even went surfing.

06/11/2013

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Goin’ To The Lake: Frank & Chris Visit Grand Rapids

Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer are heading to lakes all over Minnesota and western Wis. for an entire week! On Day 1, the boys are at Sugar Lake Lodge on Sugar Lake in Grand Rapids – which is just three and a half hours north of the Twin Cities. Sugar Lake is called a “marl” lake, which means it has a high concentration of calcium carbonates which settle at the bottom, giving the lake a deep turquoise appearance. On a clear day you can see more than 20 feet below the surface.

06/10/2013

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Since May 1, Mpls Has 3X More Rain Than Seattle

After a miserable winter, you’d think Mother Nature would cut us a break. Think again. The 6 1/2 inches of rain since May 1 is three times what Seattle, Wash., has experienced.

06/06/2013

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Meet The World’s Youngest (And Cutest) Mayor

No one is more excited for the summer season than Dorset Mayor Robert Tufts. Oh, and he’s 4 years old. He walks the streets with pride, and knows that the fish bite best on leeches, worms and minnows.

05/09/2013

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Down To The Wire Fishing Opener At Fish Hook Lake

The steady lap of waves on Fish Hook Lake has been replaced by sheets of ice that better resemble wind chimes. Warm weather, wind, and some recent rain have helped, but Gov. Mark Dayton likely won’t see ice out here by Saturday. Dennis Mackedanz is in charge of planning this year’s opener. He’s thought of everything. But there’s not much he can do about the hand mother nature has dealt.

05/09/2013

Weather Watcher

WCCO’s Weather Watcher Network Is More Than 500 Strong

The severe weather season is almost here, and this year WCCO will be able to bring you a more detailed forecast than ever before.

04/29/2013

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WCCO Trains 100+ ‘Weather Spotters’

If there’s one thing that Minnesotan’s love to talk about, it’s the weather. That interest in rain, snow, and everything in between, has helped us build our Weather Watcher network: More than 500 viewers telling WCCO what’s happening in their neighborhoods.

04/27/2013

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The Seven Stages Of Snow Grief

Minnesotans began working through the seven stages of snow-related grief just days before Halloween. The first stage: shock and denial.

04/22/2013

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Weather Blog: April Snow Showers

Here in the Twin Cities we average 2.4 inches of snow in the month of April. Much of it melts on contact with the warmer ground, and even if it does accumulate it doesn’t last for long.

04/09/2013

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Weather Blog: Spring Snow Possible

We experienced our second warmest day of the year Thursday with a high of 53. Only Saturday’s high of 56 was warmer.

04/04/2013

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Weather Blog: Back To The 50s

Our average high for early April is 51 degrees, and that’s why it has felt so cold the past few days.

04/02/2013

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