We all know that winters get long in Minnesota and this is a great way to embrace it! The National Weather Service of Duluth is offering free winter spotter training courses next month. The class is perfect for those that are interested in the weather or people that simply want another winter hobby.

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The course is completely free and covers a bunch of topics, including the winter season outlook for 2023-2024 and the science behind winter weather. It also covers how you can measure and report winter weather to the National Weather Service of Duluth!

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The classes are open to everyone, with a focus on northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. You don't have to be from those areas to take part either. Anyone is welcome and courses can be watched online after the fact as well.

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You do need to register to attend a class. They are being offered on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, November 29th at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 5th at 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 12th at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 13th at 1:30 p.m.

As mentioned, there are recorded versions available as well if you can't make a live class. Either way, register online via the National Weather Service's website and claim your spot! All of the courses are the same so no need to sign up for multiple.

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This could be a pretty fun winter to take part, too! Last winter, we had our snowiest winter on record for Duluth. Who knows what could happen this year. We might as well embrace it and do something fun with all the crazy winter weather we are bound to get.

The 15 Least Snowy Winters On Record In Duluth History

Since the National Weather Service began keeping weather records in Duluth in the late 1800s, here are the 15 winters with the lowest snowfall totals on historical record.

It is worth noting that the official records from 1941-today have been recorded at the area now known as the Duluth International Airport (away from the lake, on top of the hill). Before then, various locations closer to Lake Superior had been used for official weather recording data. For anyone that knows anything about how Lake Superior and the hill play a role in temperature and snow, you can see how this makes older records inherently different.

While these records note the "least snowy winters", they actually include all seasonal snowfall from July 1 through June 30 of the following year.

Gallery Credit: Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth

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