Climate of Minnesota

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Minnesota's natural resources are profoundly impacted by weather and climate. The very existence of many of these resources was, and is, largely determined by Minnesota's climate, the composite of day-to-day weather over a long period of time.


The DNR State Climatology Office exists to manage, analyze, and disseminate climate information in service to the citizens of Minnesota. The office is part of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Division of Ecological and Water Resources, and housed at the University of Minnesota - Department of Soil, Water, and Climate.

The office assists its customers in their investigations of the climate's impact on various components of the natural environment, and on socioeconomic activities. We use our climate monitoring resources to quantify weather conditions and to place these conditions within historical and geographical context. We also provide statistical summaries of historical climate conditions, allowing users to make informed decisions about future activities.

contact: 651-296-4214,