Present Climate Conditions


Top Ten Warmest Autumns in Minnesota

The 2016 meteorological autumn (September-November) tied 1963 for Minnesota's warmest on record, with an average temperature of 49.7 degrees. Many stations recorded below-normal temperatures on just 10-15 of the 91 days. The warm stretch included the latest 32 degree reading on record in the Twin Cities, along with some November daily highs 70s around the state.

The record-tying warmth followed an almost equally-warm autumn in 2015, which now ranks third all-time. That exceptional warmth included 11 days in the 80s during September, and also some November high temperatures into the 70s at many Minnesota stations.

Across the state, autumn temperatures have been increasing at a faster rate in recent decades than spring, summer, and annual averages. As shown in the table below, the past three decades contain the majority of the warmest autumn seasons on record in Minnesota, back to 1895.  

Top Ten Warmest Autumns Statewide for Minnesota
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    Year     Temp
    ----     ----
1.  1963     49.7
    2016     49.7 (tie)
3.  2015     49.5
4.  1931     48.7
5.  2004     47.6
6.  1953     47.5	
    2001     47.5
8.  1994     47.3
    1998     47.3
10. 1922     47.2
    2005     47.2

Last modified: January 18, 2017
By: Graunke and Blumenfeld

 

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