Skywarn Weather Spotter Training is offered by Stearns County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service. Attendees learn how to identify severe weather, and what, when, and how to report it.
Weather spotters are volunteers, who are activated by phone and dispatched to the location of the storm. When severe weather is identified, spotters report that information to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.
Weather column: Some freezing fog was found across the area early Monday morning and that made driving a bit tricky. The winds picked up once the sun rose, and that helped to stir up the atmosphere and break up some of the fog.
Temperatures have certainly warmed up to get back to where we should be for this time of the year. Normally, highs now are generally around 30 degrees. We should see temperatures close to that for much of the rest of the week and into the weekend.
As February wraps up, we see that it has been a colder than average February. The average temperature for the month as of Monday was 13.4 degrees. This was nearly three degrees colder than average for the month.
Weather column: Our active weather pattern continues across the Midwest and the Upper Midwest. A blizzard hit much of North Dakota and parts of South Dakota Sunday into Monday. Parts of northern Minnesota were also under a blizzard warning and a winter storm warning from Sunday into Monday.
Snow and blowing snow reduced visibility across much of northern Minnesota on Monday. Most of Central and West Central Minnesota were under a winter weather advisory because of lighter amounts of snowfall on Monday along with blowing snow.