NOAA

Great rainbows after the storm
Our area did see quite a bit of rain last night with some wind gusts as we were in a severe thunderstorm warning. Blooming Prairie was part of two severe thunderstorm warnings and was in the storm's path about 8:20 and a half-hour later at 8:50PM...
Snow reports
The winter storm for our area seems to have passed. In Ellendale, I measured both on the back steps and the driveway in the front yard. I measured about 8 inches. According to NOAA, the heaviest snowfall started about 1AM and lasted until 6AM, with visibility down to a quarter of a mile or less at times...
Owatonna Blizzard warning
At this time, a Blizzard Warning is in effect from 6AM Tuesday, Feb. 2 to 6AM Wednesday, Feb. 3, according to noaa.gov. A Blizzard Warning means expect snowy and windy conditions that will lead to poor visibilities due to whiteout conditions...
2015-16 winter forecast
It has been windy the past couple of days, with some gusts up to 45 mph in the area. Now the Weather Channel and NOAA, along with meteorologists are saying that with El Nino in place, our winter for 2015-16 will be calmer. It was compared to 1982-83 and 1997-98 winters...