December 28, 2007

December 28, 2007 - 2007 one of 10 warmest in United States

It's hard to remember the whole weather year when Minnesota is in the midst of a winter wonderland. But according to NOAA's Climatic Data Center, 2007 will go down as one of the warmest years in United States recorded climate history.

Some highlights:

* The preliminary annual average temperature for 2007 across the contiguous United States will likely be near 54.3 degrees F - 1.5 degrees F (0.8 degrees C) above the twentieth century average of 52.8 F.

*The warmer-than-average conditions in 2007 influenced residential energy demand in opposing ways, as measured by the nation's Residential Energy Demand Temperature Index. Using this index, NOAA scientists determined that the U.S. residential energy demand was about three percent less during the winter and eight percent higher during the summer than what would have occurred under average climate conditions.

* Exceptional warmth in late March was followed by a record cold outbreak from the central Plains to the Southeast in early April. The combination of premature growth from the March warmth and the record-breaking freeze behind it caused more than an estimated $1 billion in losses to crops (agricultural and horticultural).

* A severe heat wave affected large parts of the central and southeastern U.S. in August, setting more than 2,500 new daily record highs.

* Drought and unusual warmth contributed to another extremely active wildfire season. Approximately nine million acres burned through early December, most of it in the contiguous U.S., according to preliminary estimates by the National Interagency Fire Center.

Check out the NOAA website for more information. Preliminary data will be updated in early January to reflect the final three weeks of December and is not considered final until a full analysis is complete next spring.

December 6, 2007

December 6, 2007 - Which Minnesota city received the most snow December 1st?

Check out the University of Minnesota - Climatology Working Group web site for the answer to this question and other Minnesota weather information. The Working Group includes the Minnesota State Climatology Office, the University of Minnesota Extension Service Climatology, and the University's St. Paul campus Climatological Observatory. In addition these groups work with various state and federal agencies to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date weather information.

Here are just a couple of the weather topics highlighted on the site:

Hourly Data from the Last 24 Hours for Minnesota Cities

Hour by Hour data for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus

Twin Cities Climate Data Statistics

Historic Daily or Monthly Temperature, Precipitation, Snow Data by Target Location

Point-by-Point Agricultural Weather Forecasts

Answer: Grand Marais had the most snow with 20 inches.

November 12, 2007

November 12, 2007 - Winter Hazard Awareness Week

Join the National Weather Service and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in preparing for the upcoming Winter season through Winter Hazard Awarness Week. Each day this week the agencies will highlight a specific topic:

Monday - Winter Weather Overview
Tuesday - Outdoor Winter Safety
Wednesday - Winter Fire Safety
Thursday - Indoor Air Issues, Insurance
Friday - Winter Car Safety

Check out the current weather conditions at: National Weather Service - Twin Cities or historical data at