Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Weather Almanac

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Second Edition, Completely Updated for the New Normals

Author Mark W. Seeley

Minnesota Historical Society Press (April 1, 2015)

Second edition of the popular weather almanac! Whether planning your garden, settling a bet, or making neighborly small talk, this fascinating guide will give you all the facts and figures, all the trials and tales you need.


From the dog days of summer to “cold enough for you?” winter mornings, Minnesotans love to talk about the weather. Hot and humid or frigid and icy, the weather affects our choice of clothing, our outdoor activities, our daily routines.

Minnesota Weather Almanac measures Minnesota’s human history in terms of high temperatures, significant rainfall, and devastating blizzards. Organized by season, this fun and invaluable handbook showcases an astonishing variety of data and lore on weather systems past. Narratives on the character of our seasons and holidays, stories of climate stations around the state from the oldest to the coldest, and biographies of passionate weather people are accompanied by quick quizzes and colorful weather jargon. And no almanac would be complete without tables and maps illustrating such crucial details as statewide snowfall totals and extreme temperatures.

This fully revised edition takes into account the state’s new thirty-year normals (1981–2010), updating records for cold, heat, and precipitation. And in a chapter on climate change and Minnesota’s future, Mark Seeley draws on decades of observations to show trends and consequences of our changing climate—and highlights ways for us to adapt and to continue to steward the state’s treasured resources.

Author information

Mark W. Seeley is a climatologist and meteorologist at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. A popular public speaker and a regular commentator on Minnesota Public Radio, he is a 2014 recipient of the Siehl Prize in Agriculture.

Reviews and news

Advance Praise:

“What’s the adage in Minnesota? If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes, it’ll change? Mark Seeley brings us the historical facts and fun information around significant events in Minnesota weather history and explains why we experience such a fascinating array of weather phenomena in this part of the country. If you are a weather buff, like I am, you’ll love reading this!”
Cathy Wurzer, host of Morning Edition on Minnesota Public Radio and co-host of Almanac on Twin Cities Public Television

“Many people have asked me ‘Is it cold enough for you?’ or ‘Is it hot enough for you?’ and I always answered ‘Yeah.’ Now thanks to Minnesota Weather Almanac, I finally have something to say.”
Bud Kraehling, longtime WCCO-TV weatherman

“An amazing summary full of fun and useful facts about all of Minnesota, in 342 pages.”
Ken Barlow, KSTP Morning Chief Meteorologist

In the Media:

Pioneer Press
Listen: Mark on MPR
Listen to Mark on WCCO with Esme Murphy (6/13/15)
Watch: Mark on TPT’s Almanac
Watch: Mark on WCCO-TV
Watch: Mark on KARE 11

  • 360 pages
  • 50 B&W PHOTOS
  • 7 x 9.25 inches
  • ISBN: 9780873519779

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