Lauren Casey

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Good Question: What Are The Northern Lights?

On Tuesday, the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, is expected to give us a second night of a beautiful light show. But what exactly are we seeing? What are the Northern Lights? Good Question.

06/23/2015

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These Plymouth Preschoolers Made Their Own ‘CCO Weather Center

The preschoolers at the New Horizon Academy in Plymouth made their very own weather center, and WCCO meteorologist Lauren Casey paid them a visit on Wednesday.

06/10/2015

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Circumhorizontal Arc

Viewers in western Wisconsin today observed a unique atmospheric phenomenon: a circumhorizontal arc! Casually called a ‘fire rainbow,’ it occurs in summer-time as the sun must be high in the sky, at an angle of 58 degrees or higher.

06/06/2015

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Minnesota May Tornadoes

You could say that May opens the door to tornado season in Minnesota, yet the month only experiences five tornadoes on average annually. Thus, for eight tornadoes to impact the state in one day is on the rarer side.

05/19/2015

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Great-Grandma Says She’s Going Solar For Her Grandchildren

Solar power technology is coming to the city of Plymouth, and it’s all thanks to a great-grandmother who’s passionate about her family’s future.

04/16/2015

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Meet COLT & GOAT – A Mobile Cellphone Tower & Generator

It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota and Wisconsin. When storms hit, people can lose power and cell service. That’s where some hi-tech portable equipment comes in to play.

04/14/2015

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It Ain’t Snow-ver ‘Til The Fat Lady Sings

The snow fell fast and furious Sunday evening — especially in south Twin Cities metro area, where a widespread 6 to 10 inches of heavy, wet snow accumulated across Carver, Scott and Dakota counties. The highest event total came from nearby Goodhue County, with 12.3 inches of snow in Zumbrota.

03/23/2015

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Aurora Edition

A severe geomagnetic storm ignited an epic outbreak of the aurora borealis across northern latitudes world-wide over the last two nights!

03/18/2015

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Driving On Lakes Perilous As Ice Thins

Our unseasonable March warmth is a cause for many Minnesotans to revel, but a serious cause for concern for the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office when it comes to ice safety.

03/11/2015

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Beware The Pizzly!

The bloodline of one of nature’s most powerful and fascinating land-bound apex predators is merging with an animal atop the Arctic food chain, the polar bear—yielding a fearsome hybrid referred to as the “pizzly” or “grolar” bear. The breeding of these king creatures is likely the result of habitat overlap caused by global climate change.

03/04/2015

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Calm Monday Before A Winter Storm Tuesday?

We’ll have a quiet Monday with plenty of sun and a high in the upper 20s, but Tuesday is expected to be a mess in the form of what could be our biggest snowfall of the season so far.

03/01/2015

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Weather Blog: Why Has Minnesota Been Spared From Snow?

Minne-snow-ta? Not this season!

02/24/2015

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Weather As A Weapon?

A pair of major reports on geo-engineering, “Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth” and “Climate Intervention: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration,” were published last week by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the CIA was purportedly a major funder. So, can the weather be used as a weapon? The answer is…it’s been tried!

02/16/2015

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Season’s Lack Of Snow Shouldn’t Hurt Farmers

More than 60 percent of Minnesota has less than two inches of snow cover. That’s causing climatologists to keep a close watch.

02/12/2015

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Weather Blog: The Truth About The Polar Vortex

Ahhh, the polar vortex — a term that garnered much more than its 15 minutes of fame last winter. I mean it sounds pretty awesome, like a mutant tornado composed of icicles and doom, and though that’d be something to see, the polar vortex is no polar-bear-nado, but a large scale weather system that has been in existence long before any of us.

01/06/2015

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WCCO’s Lauren Casey Learns Ice Rescue Skills

Having moved to Minnesota from Florida, my scariest aquatic experience involved a water temperature below 80 degrees, until Tuesday. I put on a protective “mustang” suit, ready for a mock water rescue in icy Lake Minnetonka with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol. Not yet at ice’s edge, I was already panic stricken. I can’t imagine this as my job.

11/25/2014

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Climate Change Increasing Lightning Strikes?

There are 1.4 billion lightning strikes globally each year — 25 million of those bolts occur in the U.S., and that number may be going way up. A study, recently published in the journal Science, concludes that a 50 percent increase in lightning strike frequency is possible by the end of the century.

11/19/2014

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Weather Blog: Only Normal Thing About MN Nov. Weather: It’s Not Normal!

After a warmer than normal September and October, November 2014 delivered a dramatic shift in season and temperature trend.

11/17/2014

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4-Month-Old Puppy Battles Rare Esophagus Disease

Starting life in a high-kill shelter in Texas is not the only adversity 4-month-old Dutch Shepherd Rocky has endured. Rocky has battled pneumonia, an eye ailment and is living with a rare condition – megaesophagus.

11/12/2014

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November Cold Could Beat Record

On Monday we got the snow. “I got out of work early just to come home and work some more,” said Rob Adams of Isanti. On Tuesday we got the cold, and it doesn’t plan on leaving us anytime soon. These November temperatures are about 20-degrees below normal. That means extra layers for bikers. “There’s never a bad time to ride, just bad preparation,” said bicyclist Guy Still.

11/11/2014

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Weather Blog: November Snows Go Big

No practice snowfall to acclimate us to the shift in weather and wardrobe this season. In a mere two weeks’ time, sandals were replaced with snow boots, as Oct 27 featured high temperatures in the upper 60s and on Monday sidewalks became shrouded in fall snow, demanding more than one ruler to measure in many locations.

11/11/2014

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2014’s Minnesota Weather Extremes: A Look Back

With 2014 starting to wind down and a whole new set of Top 10 Weather Days just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to take a trip down memory lane. The past year was full of weather extremes. On the cusp of the change from fall to winter, Kylie Bearse sat down with the rest of the WCCO weather team to look back at all Minnesota has endured this past year.

11/07/2014

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Lauren’s Science Corner: The Return Of The Hole Punch Cloud

On Saturday, Nov. 1, WCCO-TV viewers in the Twin Cities metro, and all the way to Houston in far-southeastern Minnesota, spotted a rare and mesmerizing sight, the hole punch or fall-streak cloud.

11/05/2014

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Weather Blog: Halloween Weather In The Twin Cities

Nothing inspires such fright as the vision of Halloween pumpkins shrouded in white. But have no fear, clear skies are in the forecast for Halloween this year.

10/29/2014

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Union Depot Unveils 6 New Murals

It took more than a year and a half, but six new murals are now on display at the historic Union Depot in St. Paul. Each mural depicts a significant time period in the history of the railroads, the City of St. Paul and the Depot itself.

10/27/2014

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