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Extreme Cold Blasts the Midwest, SWIFT Weather HQ

by Rory Groves        January 6, 2014  |  12:07 pm  |  Category: Company | Latest News

Extreme cold polar temps descended south over the weekend to bring subzero temperatures and dangerously cold windchills across the Midwest including North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and of course Minnesota -- home base to the SWIFT Weather operations.

We Minnesotans are used to cold weather, but this is one for the recordbooks. As a whole, this winter has been the coldest in decades with several weeks of subzero temperatures.

We woke this morning with temperatures at -18 degrees Farhenheit near Minneapolis and Wind Chill values around -45 degrees. That number is to expected to drop further overnight to -21 degrees F and almost -50 Wind Chill. And Minneapolis isn't the coldest part of the state by a long shot. The further north you go, the colder it gets.


Stay warm and plan ahead if you need to travel anywhere. Stock up on winter gear -- after Christmas is a good time to get deep discounts on winter apparel.


Best Regards,

Rory Groves



Minnesota Governor Declares State of Emergency

by Jamie Robinson        April 8, 2011  |  12:21 pm  |  Category: Latest News

Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency in 46 of Minnesota's 87 counties due to high water along the Mississippi, Minnesota, St. Croix and Red Rivers.   As can be seen in these screenshots from Weather Defender, many of these rivers that are currently in experiencing flooding will continue to experience flooding during the April 7 - 12 timeframe. 


Reporting stations currently showing flooding concerns (Observed River Stages Layer - available to those with a commercial license)

Flooding outlook for April 7 - 12 (Flood Outlook Layer - available to those with a commercial license)

Unfortunately, the current 3 Day Convective Outlook places parts of Minnesota in a moderate risk of severe weather from Sunday into Monday next week.  This will likely bring additional, unwanted rain to an already water-logged area. 

For those living in the areas affected, be sure to watch for rapidly rising water and be sure to stay tuned to your local news outlets for more details on the local flooding situation. 


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