Minnesota weather, take two

weather almanacClimatologist and media favorite Mark Seeley is the author of the newly published second edition of the Minnesota Weather Almanac. From the dog days of summer to "cold enough for you?" winter mornings, Minnesotans love to talk about the weather. Hot and humid or frigid and icy, the weather affects our choice of clothing, our outdoor activities, our daily routines.

Seeley, a professor in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate, measures Minnesota's human history in terms of high temperatures, significant rainfall, and devastating blizzards. Organized by season, the new almanac showcases a variety of data and lore on weather systems past.

This fully revised edition takes into account the state's new 30-year normals (1981–2010), updating records for cold, heat and precipitation. In a chapter on climate change and Minnesota's future, Seeley draws on decades of observations to show trends and consequences of our changing climate—and highlights possible ways to adapt to those changes.