Another Cold & Wet Spring

For the second consecutive and 3 of the last 4 astronomical springs, temperatures averaged below normal across the Upper Mississippi River Valley.  From March 20th through June 20th, temperatures were slightly cooler than normal (0 to 2 degrees below normal.  The warmest day was 91 degrees at Boscobel, WI on May 31st.  The coldest was -9 degrees near Jump River, WI (Taylor County) on the morning of March 24th.

Precipitation ranged from 2 to 8 inches above normal.  Totals ranged from 10.47 inches at Preston, MN to 20.07 inches near Caledonia, MN.

More details for La Crosse, WI and Rochester, MN can be found below the images. 

Spring 2014 Temperature Departures

Spring 2014 Precipitation Departures

2014 Spring Temperature Departures

2014 Spring Precipitation Departures

 

La Crosse, WI

...Astronomical Spring Slightly Cooler-than-Normal and the 12th Wettest at La Crosse WI...

During the astronomical spring of 2014, temperatures averaged slightly cooler-than-normal and precipitation was well above-normal (12th wettest) at La Crosse Regional Airport.  More details on these statistics can be found below.

Temperatures -

From March 20th through June 20th...La Crosse Regional Airport had an average temperature of 54.2 degrees.  This was 0.2 degrees colder than the long-term average of 54.4 degrees. 

The average high temperature was 64.3 degrees.  This was 0.2 degrees colder than the long-term avearge of 64.5 degrees.

The average low temperature was 44.1 degrees.  This was 0.2 degrees colder the long-term average of 44.3 degrees.

The warmest high temperature was 90 degrees on May 31st.
The coldest high temperature was 25 degrees on March 25th.

The warmest low temperature was 69 degrees on June 1st.
The coldest low temperature was 11 degrees on March 23rd.

Precipitation -

From March 20th through June 20th...La Crosse Regional Airport received 14.72 inches of precipitation.  This was 4.59 inches above the long-term average of 10.13 inches. This was the 12th wettest atsronomical sping. Three of the last 4 stronomical springs have been in the top 12 wettest.  Seven of the wettest 20 stronomical springs have occurred since 2000.  Here are the top 20 wettest astronomical springs.

    Wettest Astronomical Springs
           in La Crosse WI

              Precipitation
  Rank            Total           Year
  ----            -----           ----
    1          23.08 inches       1993
    2          18.87 inches       1899
    3          18.47 inches       2004
    4          18.19 inches       2008
    5          17.96 inches       2011
    6          17.51 inches       1973
    7          16.58 inches       2013
    8          16.20 inches       1991
    9          16.19 inches       1892
   10          16.13 inches       1960
   11          15.39 inches       1880    
   12          14.72 inches       2014
   13          14.68 inches       1945
   14          14.53 inches       1876
   15          14.39 inches       1888
   16          14.03 inches       1908
   17          13.83 inches       2001
   18          13.78 inches       1967
   19          13.70 inches       1950
   20          13.33 inches       2000

Measurable rain (0.01 inches or greater) fell on 37 days. 

The wettest spring day was 1.77 inches on April 12th. 

Number of days with...

       0.01 inches or more       37 Days
       0.10 inches or more       25 Days
       0.50 inches or more       11 Days
       1.00 inches or more        4 Days

Snowfall -

From March 20th through June 20th, the snow observer near La Crosse Regional Airport recorded 3.2 inches. This was 1.0 inches below the long-term average of 4.2 inches. 

The snowiest day was 1.7 inches on April 14th.
Measurable snow fell on 3 days and trace amounts fell on another 6 days.

Snow Depth - 4th Greatest

The average snow depth was 0.1 inches.  This was the same as the long-term average.
The greatest snow depth was 2 inches from March 20th to March 21st...and on April 14th.


Rochester, MN

...Another Cold and Wet Spring in Rochester MN...

During the meteorological spring of 2014, temperatures averaged below the long-term normal and precipitation was wetter than the long-term average at Rochester International Airport.  This was the second consecutive spring that the spring was colder and wetter than the long-term average. More details on these statistics can be found below.

Temperatures -

From March 20th through June 20th...Rochester International Airport had an average temperature of 51.3 degrees.  This was 0.8 degrees colder than the long-term normal of 52.1 degrees. 

The average high temperature was 60.9 degrees.  This was 1.8 degrees colder than the long-term normal of 60.9 degrees.

The average low temperature was 41.7 degrees.  This was 0.3 degrees above the long-term normal 41.4 degrees. 

The warmest high temperature was 86 degrees on May 26th and May 30th.
The coldest high temperature was 23 degrees on March 25th.

The warmest low temperature was 65 degrees on June 19th and 20th.
The coldest low temperature was  8 degrees on March 23rd.

Number of Days with...

     Maximum Temperature 32 degrees or below       5 Days
     Maximum Temperature 90 degrees or above       0 Days
     Minimum Temperature 32 degrees or below      24 Days
     Minimum Temperature  0 degrees or below       0 Days

Precipitation -

From March 20th through June 20th, the snow observer near Rochester International Airport recorded 6.9 inches of snow. This was 1.5 inches snowier than the long-term average of 5.4 inches. 

The snowiest day was 3.2 inches on March 4th and April 4th.
Measurable snow fell on 7 days and trace amounts fell on another 6 days.

Snowfall -

The average snow depth was 0.4 inches.  This was 0.2 inches below the long-term average of 0.6 inches.



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