The year in weather review

  • by: Bill McAuliffe , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 7, 2014 - 4:37 PM

Minnesota once again became a chilly kingdom in 2013. Snow fell heavily into May, and the year ended with a cold and snowy December. Half the months were colder than normal (although “normal” is warmer than it used to be), and in April, the Twin Cities saw a record daily low temperature for the first time in nine years. Summer and fall brought warmth but not bliss, exactly, when windstorms took out thousands of trees across the state and a dry spell led to a late, drab fall. There was some good news: Only 15 tornadoes were documented in the state in 2013, the fewest in more than 20 years. And, according to the outlook, it’ll be warm enough in 2014 for the Vikings to play outdoors.

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