Minnesota 2010: Epic Weather Year

I am headed off to (mostly) sunny Arizona for the holidays this year to thaw out for a while. I wanted to take a quick moment to thank you for your support of MPR Weather on MPR News stations (KNOW 91.1FM in the metro) and the Updraft blog. I also wish you and your family all the happiest this holiday season, and all the best in 2011.

I’m looking forward to talking more weather with you in the New Year. If the weather in 2011 is anything close to 2010, it will be another amazing year!

Here’s a quick look back (with links) at some of the incredible Minnesota weather events of 2010.

Record March floods

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Crow River surges in Delano

First snowless March on record

Second warmest metro spring on record

-Target Field weather & microclimate debuts in 2010

Target Field debuts in 2010.

Record tornado outbreak: June 17th (final NWS tally here)

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Tornado near Wadena

-Frequent severe weather outbreaks June 17th to July 17th

Record Minnesota tornado year: 2010

-Minnesota leads the nation in tornadoes for the first time on record

Wettest September on record

Record fall floods

-8 of 12 months warmer than average

Warm & dry October

8th longest dry spell on record

-“Landicane” 2010: Record low barometric pressure

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3rd longest November warm spell

-“Domebuster 2010″: 5th biggest Metro snowstorm on record

Snowiest metro start to winter season in 19 years

Other than that…it was a pretty quiet weather year!

See you on January 3rd, 2011!


  • Pat

    Thanks for all you do. the Updraft blog is now my sole source of weather info!

  • Brooke

    Thanks for such a great blog! I’ve enjoyed reading it all year long.

  • Mark

    I enjoy the way you explain and cover approaching storms, how they’re progressing, views of different models, etc. Always great stuff! Thank you.

  • Doug Miedtke

    Thanks for the weather updates. To stay current I’ve signed up for the RSS feeds. Keep up the good work.

  • Anne

    I love reading your posts–and hearing you on the radio. You make the weather so interesting! Thanks for all you do.

  • cheri

    Thank you Paul i have followed weather since the age of 12 camping and you my friend are the best ever….thanks for being in the TC for your style and genius Happy Hollidays I will miss you…. Hope weather good there,u must know. God Bless You and Yours

  • Anthony Dunkel

    Very nice wrapup of the MN 2010 weather year. Certainly has been a busy busy year. However, hate to be a stickler, but that picture of the Wadena Tornado…. was not of the Wadena Tornado. I’m not exactly sure of what tornado that is, but I’ve had that image as a poster for about 7 years now, so clearly not the one that affected Wadena. Otherwise awesome writeup! Too bad that low pressure couldn’t make it another 0.10″ of mercury lower, and break the Continental 48 record.