Weather memories tend to fade quickly. But two events make 2011 stand out: the May tornado that sliced through the heart of the metro area, becoming the first killer tornado to hit Minneapolis in nearly 30 years, and the drought-driven September Pagami Creek forest fire, the largest fire in Minnesota in 93 years. Both left scars that will mark two very different landscapes for a generation.
Beyond that, the year brought a see-saw of ordinary extremes - record snow last winter, record rains in spring as well as record highs and lows. The first half of the year, with below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation, was followed by six months of the opposite. Somewhere in there is a joke about what to do if you don't like Minnesota's weather.
To read this chart: Roll the cursor over the feverline to see the High and low temperatures for the day. Horizontal lines indicate that there is supplemental information for that day, including significant events, photos or videos. NOTE: All temperatures in the feverline were taken at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Sources: National Weather Service, Minnesota Climatology Working Group
*High and low temperature data are taken at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport
**1971-2000 Daily Normal, Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport