Weather Forecast


Weathering 2013

Snow covers Levee Park in early 2013. According to the Farmers' Almanac, the region can expect plenty of precipitation in 2014 -- including the white stuff. (Republican Eagle photos by Tim Alms)1 / 3
Timely rains contributed to bright spring blossoms during 2013. 2 / 3
The Red Wing area saw spots of brilliant autumn color despite the return of drought conditions in August.3 / 3

The past 12 months saw a wide range of weather events across the globe, from deadly tornadoes, wildfires, flash flooding and a devastating typhoon.

Minnesota had its fair share of extreme weather as well.

Minnesota Climatology Working Group listed the top five weather events for 2013.

The ice storm of April 9-10 in southwestern Minnesota made the list. Freezing rain coated wires and trees in Worthington and Luverne, causing $71 million in damage.

Along with some of the severe weather to hit the state, the lack of weather also made the list.

The number of tornadoes reported in Minnesota was the lowest since 1990, at 15. It was also the lowest number of reported tornadoes in years across the country.

The most damaging storm to hit the Twin Cities in 2013 occurred June 21. High wind and heavy rain left half a million people without power, and wet soil from previous rains left trees susceptible to being uprooted.

Unlike the previous year, spring came late in 2013 and caused delays in the planting of many crops. In 2012, Mille Lacs set a record for earliest ice-out on March 26 and in 2013 set a record for latest ice-out on May 16.

Topping the list, however, was the snow storm that swept across southeastern Minnesota from May 1-3. Rochester recorded 14.5 inches of snow and the 24-hour statewide daily snowfall record was broken at Dodge Center with 15.4 inches, eclipsing the previous record of 12 inches set on May 8, 1938 in Windom and also in 1954 near Leonard. Parts of Red Wing reported 14 inches of snow.

Aside from the cold, late spring, 2013 saw the third warmest Minnesota State Fair on record, with records dating back to 1885. The hottest temperature was 97 degrees on Aug. 26.

By early July almost the entire state had made its way out of drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. But the drought persisted and by the end of August had pushed its way back across the majority of the state.

According to National Weather Service data, December has averaged almost 6.5 degrees below normal for the month and precipitation is up by one quarter of an inch.

The Farmers’ Almanac predicts below-average temperatures for about two-thirds of the country this winter with the South and East seeing above normal precipitation.

The North Central region, which includes Minnesota, is expected to experience “piercing cold with normal snowfall,” but the almanac does say significant snowfalls are forecast for every zone.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRyanRussett


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