Climate

The Northland offers its residents the chance to enjoy the outdoors all four seasons every year. In summer, we hike and bike our trails and play in our lakes. We drive along the shores of Lake Superior in autumn and marvel at our fall colors. In winter, we ski and play hockey and revel in snow-covered forests. And in spring, the whole region comes alive for another season of outdoor festivals and recreation. With so many activities available no matter the season, locals and visitors alike have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors year round.

Minnesota gets an average of 28 inches of rain each year, while the nation averages 37. The state averages 44 inches of snow compared a national average of 25. In the Northland, we embrace the cold and snow, and know how to have fun no matter the temperature.

The table includes average high temperatures (measured in July) and low temperatures (measured in January). The comfort index measures the comfort of a climate, with higher values for more appealing conditions. It uses a combination of afternoon summer temperatures and humidities to closely predict the effect that humidty will have on people. Elevation is measured in feet.

 
  Climate

 

 

 Rainfall

Snowfall

Sunny Days

Avg. July High

Avg. Jan Low

Comfort Index

Elevation

 Aitkin

28.6

47.3

188

80

-2.9

55

1214

 Aurora

28.1

51.6

180

78

-10.4

60

1448

 Babbitt

28.5

49.9

182

78

-4.1

60

1494

 Barnum

28.9

40.1

178

81

-2.9

54

1136

 Beaver Bay

30.6

88.0

178

77

-0.5

73

763

 Big Falls

26.2

55.0

175

80

-8.5

59

1205

 Bigfork

28.5

62.3

177

75

-6.3

57

1297

 Biwabik

26.9

65.6

176

80

-4.9

60

1458

 Bovey

29.1

35.4

181

80

-5.1

57

1358

 Buhl

25.8

60.4

182

78

-5.5

59

1494

 Calumet

29.1

35.4

179

80

-5.1

57

1398

 Carlton

29.5

67.7

178

80

-2.0

52

1076

 Chisholm

29.5

53.5

182

77

-6.4

60

1524

 Cloquet

29.5

67.7

178

80

-2.0

54

1223

 Cohasset

27.3

50.4

177

80

-5.1

56

1270

 Coleraine

29.1

35.4

179

80

-5.1

58

1355

 Cook

26.0

64.2

182

79

-6.6

59

1320

 Cotton Township

27.8

50.3

179

78

-6.9

60

1345

 Cromwell

28.9

58.7

178

79

-3.3

53

1307

 Deer River

27.3

50.4

179

80

-5.1

58

1293

 Duluth

29.3

62.5

178

76

-0.3

59

986

 Ely

27.4

51.9

179

78

-7.5

60

1445

 Eveleth

26.9

65.6

178

80

-4.9

59

1584

 Floodwood

27.6

58.7

178

77

-2.9

61

1243

 Gilbert

26.9

65.6

179

80

-4.9

61

1590

 Grand Marais

25.6

50.7

182

70

4.7

74

745

 Grand Rapids

27.3

50.4

180

80

-5.1

57

1272

 Hermantown

30.6

83.4

181

76

-1.2

59

1371

 Hibbing

29.5

53.5

180

77

-6.4

59

1497

 Hill City

28.1

51.6

187

80

-7.8

54

1339

 Hoyt Lakes

28.1

51.6

179

78

-10.4

59

1483

 International Falls

24.3

67.5

178

78

-8.9

59

1134

 Keewatin

29.5

53.5

178

77

-6.4

57

1475

 Kettle River

28.9

40.1

176

81

-2.9

53

1190

 La Prairie

29.1

35.4

180

80

-5.1

57

1263

 Lake Nebagamon Village

32.7

75.1

179

80

0.0

64

1133

 Littlefork

25.9

57.4

177

78

-9.5

58

1105

 Lutsen Township

31.7

83.8

179

72

-2.4

75

1282

 McGrath

27.1

41.9

184

79

-3.7

56

1240

 McGregor

29.9

45.1

188

80

-4.0

56

1240

 Meadowlands

27.9

51.5

179

80

-6.4

60

1270

 Moose Lake

28.9

40.1

176

81

-2.9

52

1065

 Mountain Iron

26.9

65.6

182

80

-4.9

60

1442

 Nashwauk

29.5

53.5

176

77

-6.4

58

1476

 Northome

26.0

48.0

179

79

-8.9

59

1433

 Orr

26.0

64.2

180

79

-6.6

59

1371

 Poplar Village

32.7

75.1

180

80

0.0

64

1019

 Proctor

30.6

83.4

176

76

-1.2

60

1255

 Ranier

24.3

67.5

177

78

-8.9

57

1112

 Rice Lake

23.7

39.0

194

80

-6.5

58

1465

 Silver Bay

30.6

88.0

177

77

-0.5

72

957

 Solon Springs Town

31.9

56.5

176

82

-2.8

63

1029

 Solon Springs Village

31.9

56.5

176

82

-2.8

63

1029

 Superior

29.1

51.2

178

77

1.0

62

664

 Superior Village

29.1

51.2

178

77

1.0

62

664

 Tamarack

28.9

58.7

185

79

-3.3

56

1274

 Thomson Township

29.5

67.7

176

80

-2.0

53

1080

 Tofte Township

31.7

83.8

179

72

-2.4

75

1310

 Tower

27.9

52.1

181

78

-10.5

61

1443

 Two Harbors

29.7

58.2

182

75

4.4

73

682

 Virginia

26.9

65.6

177

80

-4.9

59

1433

 Warba

29.1

35.4

179

80

-5.1

57

1266

 White Township

28.1

51.6

179

78

-10.4

60

1389

 Wrenshall

29.5

67.7

176

80

-2.0

54

1042


Source: Sperling's Best Places (www.bestplaces.net)