Mark Seeley

  • MPR Meteorologist

Stories by Mark Seeley

Minnesota may see above average cold, snow in December

<p>I may not be the only one who noticed, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration&#8217;s Climate Prediction Center on Saturday revised the monthly outlook for December, emphasizing a colder-than-normal and perhaps snowy month coming up for Minnesota. The revised outlook certainly agrees with many forecast models for at least the first half of the month, as <a class="more-link" href=""><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a></p>

Despite wet spring a few dry pockets remain

Despite the fact that most Minnesota weather observers are reporting above normal precipitation values for the year so far, a few dry pockets remain in drought as a carryover from last year. A few spots remain significantly drier than normal. January 1 &#8211; June 14 precip / Departure from normal Olivia 6.77 inches -3.45 inches Redwood <a class="more-link" href=""><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a>

Pushing the record for May rainfall

As we spoke about on &#8220;Morning Edition&#8221; earlier today, some observers in southeastern Minnesota may come close to the record all-time wet month of May in Minnesota history (15.79 inches at St Francis in 2012). The climate observers at the following locations already have individual station records established for the month even though there is <a class="more-link" href=""><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a>

Despite Arctic Cold Blasts, January Averaged Warmer Than Normal

As we close the door on the month of January it is interesting to note that despite some spells of Arctic cold, most observers reported above normal January mean temperature values. The statewide mean January temperatures, Heating Degree Days (HDD), and departures from normal for the past two years are shown below: January 2013 Mean <a class="more-link" href=""><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a>

2nd Anniversary of the Great Storm of Oct 26, 2010

Only two years ago a record-setting storm crossed the state. It was a strong, winter-type mid-latitude cyclone that encompassed much of the USA landscape, with a central low pressure core that passed directly across northern Minnesota. A number of weather observers reported new low barometric pressure readings, including 28.36 inches at Duluth, 28.23 inches at <a class="more-link" href=""><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a>