Mesonet News

Hennepin West Mesonet Extremes of 2020

Emily Harrington | February

Our Hennepin West Mesonet network has recorded another year’s worth of weather extreme data. The graphic captures some of those extremes throughout 2020.

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Hennepin West Mesonet Stations in MADIS

Emily Harrington | April

As Severe Weather Awareness Week 2020 kicked off this past Monday, we received news that all 21 of our mesonet stations are officially being ingested by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS).

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February Arctic Blast

Emily Harrington | February

A strong arctic cold front swept across the area Wednesday, February 12th, causing temperatures across the region to plummet. The strong winds lead to wind chill advisories and warnings being issued for Minnesota.

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Mid-January Winter Storm and Cold Air

Emily Harrington | January

A powerful low-pressure system brought 3-6 inches of snow across Hennepin County Friday, January 17th, causing a treacherous afternoon commute.

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Hennepin West Mesonet Extremes of 2019

Emily Harrington | January

As we sit back and reflect on the weather of 2019, we will likely think about the Twin Cities breaking the annual precipitation record at 43.17 inches, but it also makes you wonder what other extremes we experienced last year in Hennepin County.

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Snow Opens the Door to Cold

Emily Harrington | December

Fresh snowfall of 2 to 4 inches fell across Hennepin County Sunday night into Monday, leading to a messy morning commute for many. This snowfall ushered in arctic air behind it, giving us our first subzero temperatures of the season.

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Unseasonably Cold Start to November

Emily Harrington | November

November has started off chilly, with the first two weeks running 12 degrees below average. This cold peaked on Veteran’s Day with record cold high temperatures set in the Twin Cities.

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2019 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Emily Harrington | October

At the Hennepin County Board Meeting this afternoon, our director, Eric Waage accepted a 2019 Achievement Award from Commissioner Jan Callison on behalf of the National Association of Counties for the Hennepin West Mesonet project.

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Warm End to NCAA Final Four Tournament

Emily Harrington | April

Just as we were getting used to the warmth and occasion shower, we are interrupted with an incoming snow storm.

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Snow, and more snow

Emily Harrington | February

Are you sick of the snow? We are too! Up until February this year, much of Minnesota was experiencing a rather brown winter.

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January Extreme Cold

Emily Harrington | February

This may be Minnesota, but last week was very cold. So cold that we broke a Twin Cities lowest wind chill event from January 2014.

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Windy New Year

Emily Harrington | January

Happy New Year! Earlier this week, we experienced some of our strongest wind gusts yet, this winter. Overnight Monday, we had a cold front that extended from Ontario, down into Minnesota.

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Finally Above the Normal High Temperature since Oct. 3rd

Emily Harrington | October

After two weeks below the normal high temperature, we finally made it back above that mark today. The daily climate report from the National Weather Service reports that today's normal high temperature today is 58°, while on October 3rd it was 64°F.

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First Snowfall of Fall 2018

Emily Harrington | October

Were you ready for snow yesterday? I was not. It was a beautiful sight in the morning, but makes you realize that winter is just around the corner.

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Muggy Wet Past Week

Emily Harrington | June

In the last week, Hennepin County has received a lot of rain. In fact so much rain, that part of the southeastern Hennepin County is in a Flood Warning this afternoon, due to the Minnesota River rising close to flood stage level as of Wednesday morning.

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Hot and Stormy Memorial Day Weekend

Emily Harrington | May

This past weekend did not seem like your typical weekend in May. The air quality was unhealthy for sensitive groups and the heat was intense and long lived.

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Rainy End of the Week

Emily Harrington | May

Temperatures around the 80s this past weekend and Monday were awfully warm and dry. Hennepin County was put into an extreme fire danger rating Monday, due to the dry conditions and wind speeds reaching almost 27 miles per hour in Medina, MN.

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Mid-April Snow Storm

Emily Harrington | April

The snow just doesn’t want to stop this year. Hennepin County is still in a Winter Storm Warning, that was issued from Friday, April 13th at 10 p.m. until Sunday, April 15th at 1 a.m., by the National Weather Service. This historic winter storm, has forced MnDOT to shut down numerous roads in southwest Minnesota, and will continue to drop more snow well into Sunday.

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First Day of Spring

Emily Harrington | March

Spring is typically a time with sunny skies, rain showers, and thunderstorms but the beginning of...

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Warmer End to February

Emily Harrington | February

The beginning of February was chilly, but Hennepin County gradually warmed up throughout the month. The average maximum temperatures during the second half of the month were at least double those during the first half.

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Bold North: Coldest Super Bowl

Emily Harrington | February

Super Bowl LII goers experienced the coldest Super Bowl in history yesterday. Although it wasn’t out of the ordinary for native Minnesotans, people were thankful the game was played indoors at the U.S. Bank Stadium.

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Temperatures Drop After Yesterday's Snowfall

Emily Harrington | January

By Sunday, January 21st, most schools in the Twin Cities and southern MN closed due to the inclement winter storm. Snow began falling before sunrise Monday, and was persistent well into the evening.

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Coldest End of the Year in 132 Years

Emily Harrington | January

2017 ended with a week of cold temperatures. The daily average temperature of the mesonet stations were below zero most days between December 25th and the 31st.

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Below Average High Temps since Oct. 27

Emily Harrington | December

The end of October and much of November seemed a bit colder than usual. All of the Mesonet Stations recorded a number of days the maximum temperatures were below the maximum daily average temperature, according to the National Weather Service Climate Reports.

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October Warm-up Last Week

Sarah Karel | October

October is almost over and it looks like our highest monthly temperatures across the mesonet just missed the 80 degree mark.

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October Rainfall Already More Than September

Sarah Karel | October

For most mesonet stations, the first five days of October have seen more rain than the entire month of September – only Maple Grove had more rain in September. This recent rain was mainly due to a slow moving system that brought a lot of moisture into Minnesota.

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Cooler August Than Usual

Sarah Karel | September

Brrr! Did August seem cooler than usual to you? Farmers around the Twin Cities would probably agree with you. Below-average temperatures last month caused plants like tomatoes and peppers not to ripen and change colors

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July Heat

Sarah Karel | July

Last Monday was a hot day for those working outside, with temperatures across the region in the upper 80s and low 90s. This heat was also shown from the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) readings in the mid-80s. WBGT measures heat stress on a body, and readings of mid-80s signify that a person shouldn’t be outside for more than two hours without a 30-minute break. The higher WBGT readings from the weekend did not continue into Monday, but they did max out around 87°F on Monday. *

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March Maximum Wind Gusts

March Maximum Wind Gusts | March

We saw some strong winds last week in the metro. The Mesonet Stations recorded several high wind gusts across Hennepin County. All of the highest wind gusts so far, this month were recorded on either March 7th or 8th.

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February Warm-Up

Sarah Karel | February

Is Punxatawney Phil, the groundhog, right about six more weeks of winter? So far, it feels like spring is already here.

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December Wind Chills

Sarah Karel | January

Hennepin County saw some chilly temperatures in December! We were particularly cold on the 17th and 18th, with consistent wind chills around and below zero. Wind chill is an apparent temperature designed to be representative of the effect temperature and wind speed have on exposed skin.

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2 Stations Broke Minimum Temperature Records

Sarah Karel | December

It was definitely cold this past weekend, but not quite record breaking, at the ‘official’ level anyways. The official low temperature for Hennepin County at the MSP Airport was -20 oF. To break an official record, we would have had to have a temperature below -24 oF. How does this compare to other sensors around the Hennepin West Mesonet? The image below shows the minimum temperature from across the region area of the Hennepin West Mesonet.

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Second Warmest November on Record

Sarah Karel | December

Did you notice November wasn’t that cold? We sure did! According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Chanhassen, the Twin Cities had an average temperature of 44.1°F for the month, which is 10.4°F above normal. Since it was so warm, we saw less snow than normal as

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When did the Growing Season End?

Sarah Karel | November

The record breaking growing season for the Twin Cities ‘officially’ ended on November 18, 2016. This means that on November 18th, 2016 the minimum temperature dropped to 32 degrees. This is the latest in the season the Twin Cities have gone without seeing a 32 degrees or

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June, July, August 8th Wettest Summer on Record

Sarah Karel | September

According to the National Weather Service, June, July, and August combined is ranked 8th wettest summer on record with 17.40 inches of rain at the MSP Airport. Let’s look and see how that compares to a few of our mesonet stations: Medina, maple Grove, and Plymouth.

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June 25, 2016: Phew – It’s hot out there!

Sarah Karel | June

If you stepped outside at all on Saturday June 25, 2016, you might have thought: “It is definitely summertime in Minnesota!” Check out the map below of the Heat Indices at just 11:00 AM. That’s right, we had widespread heat indices in the 90s!

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New Website Design Tips

Sarah Karel | June

Read on below to find out some tips to get you what you are looking for.
Current Conditions: See the box in the upper left hand corner that says HCEM Medina Mesonet? Click the arrow to the right to change to the station you wish to see current conditions from.

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2016 Spring Flood Outlook

Sarah Karel | February

Have you ever wondered what goes into forecast for flooding in the spring? First, what is the forecast for Hennepin County looking like? Right now it looks like Hennepin has a slightly above normal for risk for spring flooding. Here is why:

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2016 Feb 2nd Snow Storm

Sarah Karel | February

Once the snow rolled in, it didn’t take long to get snow accumulations across Hennepin County yesterday! How much did you receive at your location? Send us a Tweet @HennepinEM or drop us a note on our Facebook Wall! Did you know we take a daily snow depth reading using a snowboard and ruler at our Hennepin West Mesonet location in Medina?

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2015 Hennepin West Mesonet Extremes: Review

Sarah Karel | January

Another year has come to an end. 2015 was the first year for a lot of stations, so a lot of station ‘records’ were broken. Here are a few of the highlights. June 9th, 2015 was the warmest day from the Hennepin West Mesonet Sensors with the highest reading coming in a 94oF at the Dayton, Excelsior, Lorett0

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Broken Record!

Sarah Karel | November

Yesterday for the first time this fall, we reached 30 degrees! This is the latest ever in the 142 record for the Twin Cities.

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Rain, rain and more rain

Sarah Karel | November

Rain…Rain…and more Rain. Wet and gloomy has been the story for the past two days, as it will continue through the evening and into tomorrow.

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November 2015 Strong Low Pressure System

Sarah Karel | November

We had quite the Low Pressure system come through Wednesday and Thursday. If you heard thunder outside on Wednesday and second guessed what the date was (Yes, it really was November 11, 2015!), then you realized how warm we really were.

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On This Day in Weather History

Sarah Karel | September

On this day in 1941..

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On This Day in Weather History

Sarah Karel | September

On this day in 1992 and 1996..

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Happy First Day of Meteorological Fall!

Sarah Karel | September

Today may be the first day of meteorological fall, but the temperatures sure tell us otherwise. All week we look to be in the Mid-80s! Don’t worry, next week we look to be more towards normal for this time of year.

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How to Find Total Monthly Rainfall from a Specific Station

Sarah Karel | July

Now that June is over, are you curious how much rain the station close to you received?

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Comparing June 2014 and 2015 Rainfall

Sarah Karel | June

Does it seem like we have been getting rain a lot this June? As of June 29th, 2015 MSP Airport has recorded 3.55 inches of rain, which is only 0.19 inch over normal this time of year. How does this compare to 2014 you ask? By the end of June 2014, MSP Airport recorded 11.36 inches

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