Climatologically, 2016 was an unusual year for Minnesota. We were very warm but rarely excessively hot. We were very wet, with multiple intense rainfall events, but we did not see a tremendous amount of flash flood damage. We had an awful lot of thunderstorms, an almost historical barrage of damaging straight-line winds in northern Minnesota, but not an extraordinary number of tornadoes. For good measure, we ended the year with a "double surprise" during December that left climatologists scratching their heads.
We have a lot to say about 2016, and cannot do it all in one post. Instead, you can follow these links, for more information:
Of course, we do not know what the new year will bring, but we hope 2017 is climatologically favorable for everyone!