Winter warmth, above average temperatures continue

The meteorological winter season, December through February, in Rochester finished as the warmest on record and the above average temperatures look to continue for the near future.

From December 1 through March 4, a total of 95 days, 78 or 82% of those days, have been above average which is rather impressive for a winter in Minnesota.

Of the 17 days that have been below average, 11 occurred during a consecutive stretch from January 11-21 as an Arctic airmass settled in over the area. The remaining 6 below average days occurred over an 84 day stretch.

There are no signs of the above average temperatures slowing down as the Climate Prediction Center has a high probability of above average temperatures in the 6 to 10 day stretch from March 10-14.