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Are these temperatures normal?

As Minnesotans, we all have opinions about how warm or cold it has been in the Twin Cities, and depending on how long you have lived in these parts, you may have ideas about how the weather stacks up to the way things used to be. To put things in context, we’ve compared the current temperature patterns with the 30-year average. Updated hourly.

You can also search on any historical date (below) to see the weather conditions on that day. Here are a few past Memorial Days to get you started: 2013   2012   1999   1965

Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 03/20/2014 - 09:42 am.

    What about this snow pack?

    Seems to me this snow pack is unusually durable. I’m not saying my memory is perfect but in 51 years I don’t remember this much winter snow hanging this long into the spring season.

  2. Submitted by jody rooney on 03/20/2014 - 10:20 am.

    I knew my

    extra heavy wool sweaters were getting tired of winter.

    Thanks for sharing the data.

  3. Submitted by Allan Campbell on 03/21/2014 - 12:23 pm.

    Cold for the New Normal

    Basing the normal on 1981-2010 makes sense for 30-somethings. A long-term chart going back to 1872 would show a pattern of gradually warmer winters with an occasional spike to the downside like this winter (average temp of +9.7) or the winter of 1978-79 (+9.4). And though none of us were around to suffer through it, the winter of 1874-75 recorded an average temperature of +4.0 degrees in the Twin Cities according to the DNR website. We’re not likely to see that kind of cold again.

  4. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 03/22/2014 - 08:22 pm.


    I don’t mind winter. What I do mind is winter that last six months out of the year. I need to retire to some place a little warmer when I reach that age. Slipping and sliding on an icy sidewalk at age 70 is not my idea of a good time.

  5. Submitted by Pat Berg since 2011 on 05/27/2014 - 12:55 am.

    March madness?

    What’s with this article being dated in March and all the comments also having March dates (and discussing snow pack and cold temperatures and such on the warmest weekend we’ve had yet this year)?


    • Submitted by Pat Berg since 2011 on 12/01/2014 - 09:08 am.

      It’s back again!

      Article is still dated March of 2014. Which begs the question – what is the year of the charted dates in the article?

      Methinks there needs to be some editing here for clarity . . . . . .

  6. Submitted by Doug Gray on 12/01/2014 - 10:26 am.

    As my old statistician pal used to tell me, nothing lies like an average…

  7. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 12/01/2014 - 10:37 am.

    Perhaps they are allowing readers to reflect on the fact that this winter is shaping up to be just as brutal.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 12/02/2014 - 01:11 pm.

      Except of course that it isn’t “fact”

      An El Nino pattern is already occurring caused by the warming of the oceans. November cold snap aside, we’re looking at a moderate December and January.

  8. Submitted by Jim Halonen on 12/01/2014 - 04:15 pm.

    Winter coming earlier

    I’ve been making a backyard ice rink for about fifteen years now. The old rule of thumb has been wait for the first cold snap in December before flooding. Last year we were skating just before Thanksgiving. This year, Nov. 12 was a skating day… with only one day too warm to use it since.

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