Present Climate Conditions


Presidential Election Day Weather

The weather on Presidential Election Day in the Twin Cities is typified by an average high in the upper 40s to low 50s with minimum temperatures somewhere in the low to mid 30s. The warmest Presidential Election Day since 1892 was in 2008 when the mercury climbed to 71 degrees on a warm, breezy afternoon. The coldest Presidential Election Day high temperature in the Twin Cities was 1936 with a high of 28 degrees and a bit of light snow. The weather on that election day statewide was on the heels of a winter storm that struck western, central, and northern parts of the state. St. Cloud had 7.5 inches of snow on November 2, with light snow continuing on election day. It didn't seem to effect voter turnout with 70% of the eligible voters heading to the polls.

In recent years, voters for the presidential contest of 1992 had to put up with the aftermath of an early season snowfall that brought back memories of the 1991 Halloween Blizzard, although on a much smaller scale. The heaviest snowfall was in northern Minnesota with Duluth seeing 8.6 inches on November 2nd and 5.3 inches on the 3rd (Election Day). International Falls had 8.1 inches on the 2nd and 2.4 inches on the 3rd. In central Minnesota, St. Cloud had 6.2 inches on the 2nd and 1.2 inches on the 3rd. In the south, Rochester had 2.1 inches on the 2nd and only .1 (one tenth of an inch on the 3rd) 73% of eligible voters turned out on that wintry November Day.

In 2000 there was a much lighter snowfall than in 1992 with Duluth seeing 1.5 inches of snow on November 7th (Election Day), and International Falls seeing .4 (four tenths of an inch) snow. Rochester only saw a trace. The Twin Cities saw 1.2 inches of snow which began in the morning and continued into the evening for those last minute voters.

Oddly enough the lowest turnout for an election day in Minnesota since 1950 was in 1996 with Bill Clinton defeating Bob Dole. The turnout was only 67% with the weather being right around average. Voter turnout in Minnesota was the highest in the nation in 2012 with 74.5% of the eligible Minnesota residents voting. It was a cloudy and murky day with light rain before sunrise and in the evening.

Twin Cities Presidential Election Day Weather
							
year	month	day	max    min     pre   snowfall snow 
                        temp   temp    (in)  (in)     depth (in)
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1892	11	8	31	9	T	T	M
1896	11	3	40	30	0.00	0	M
1900	11	6	44	33	T	0.2	0
1904	11	8	48	28	0.00	0	0
1908	11	3	49	35	0.00	0	0
1912	11	5	54	34	T	0	0
1916	11	7	49	40	0.36	0	0
1920	11	2	38	31	0.05	T	0
1924	11	4	50	32	0.00	0	0
1928	11	6	55	39	T	0	0
1932	11	8	51	37	1.51	0	0
1936	11	3	28	16	T	0.2	T
1940	11	5	41	30	0.07	0	0
1944	11	7	59	45	0.13	0	0
1948	11	2	68	44	0.00	0	0
1952	11	4	60	35	0.00	0	0
1956	11	6	49	38	0.04	0	0
1960	11	8	45	23	0.02	T	0
1964	11	3	60	51	0.06	0	0
1968	11	5	44	35	0.10	T	0
1972	11	7	41	31	0.02	0.2	0
1976	11	2	57	43	0.00	0	0
1980	11	4	51	38	0.00	0	0
1984	11	6	53	22	0.00	0	0
1988	11	8	52	32	T	0	0
1992	11	3	34	32	0.22	1.2	6
1996	11	5	45	41	0.00	0	0
2000	11	7	50	30	0.14	1.2	0
2004	11	2	49	34	0.06	0	0
2008	11	4	71	51	0.00	0	0
2012    11      6       44      38      0.31    0       0
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average			49	34			
highest			71	51	1.51	1.2	6
lowest			28	9	0	0	0
(temperatures in degrees F)
Last modified: November 3, 2016

 

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