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History of the NWS in the Twin Cities

Very few locations across the central or western United States have a continuous record of weather observations that reach back as far as 1820. The twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are fortunate to have had early settlers who had the foresight to record the weather they experienced day to day for future generations who would call this area home.

1890 Weather Observation MPLS Post Office Roof
Taking a weather observation on the roof of the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Minneapolis around 1890 (Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society, Photograph Collection)

This history is dedicated to those early weather pioneers who created the database of weather records that helped to establish the climate of the region and began the proud tradition of meteorological science in the Northern Mississippi Valley.

To learn more about local weather history in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, please click on the links below:

The Early Days: Fort Snelling and Smithsonian Observers (1820-1870)
Downtown Weather Bureaus: Minneapolis and St. Paul (1871-1938)
At the Airport: Wold-Chamberlain Field & MSP International (1938-1995)
Out to the Suburbs: The Chanhassen Weather Office (1995 to present)


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