Favorite Storms Duluth, MN and Vicinity



Chester Park in Duluth, MN

The following list of storms are those that I consider to be some of the more significant. I made my choices based on snow totals, snowfall rates, occurrence of thunder, time of year, and features that may be rare or particularly interesting. The details of the events are a combination of personal observations and data collected from the National Weather Service and related agencies. Some of the observations I made, such as thundersnow, may not have occurred at the National Weather Service in Duluth or at the Duluth International Airport. Also, anyone who has spent even one snow season in Duluth knows that precipitation types during marginal rain-snow events can vary greatly with elevation and proximity to Lake Superior. I try to document these local differences when possible.

For additional storms to the ones listed, go to the MORE STORMS FOR DULUTH page. Some of these other storms also produced thundersnow or high snow totals of 10 inches or more. The page includes a section at the end for ice storms.

National Weather Service EVENT SUMMARIES also document winter storms for the region. The CLIMATE JOURNAL of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is also a good source for information on winter storms.


February 21 to 23, 2022 - Snow with Strong Lake Enhancement, Duluth, MN and Superior, WI

March 10 to 11, 2021 - Heavy Snow with Wind Gusting Over 50 mph, Duluth, MN

March 28 to 29, 2020 - Thunder-Slush, Duluth, MN

November 30 to December 1, 2019 - Blizzard with Relentless Heavy Snow, Duluth, MN

May 19, 2019 - Very Late Season Snow, Duluth, MN

May 8 to 9, 2019 - Thunder with Heavy, Wet Snow, Duluth, MN

December 26 to 28, 2018 - Heavy, Wet Snow, Duluth, MN

April 13 to 16, 2018 - Orographic and Lake Enhanced Snow, Duluth, MN (and Much of MN and WI)

October 26 to 27, 2017 - Heavy, Wet Early Season Snow, Duluth, MN

March 12 to 13, 2017 - Burst of Heavy Lake Effect Snow, Twin Ports, MN and WI

February 20 to 21, 2014 - Heavy Snow with Thunder, Duluth, MN

December 2 to 5, 2013 - Orographically Enhanced and Lake Enhanced Snowstorm, Duluth, MN

April, 2013 - Snowiest Month On Record for Duluth, MN

April 22 to 23, 2013 - Intense Frontogenetically Enhanced Snow, Duluth, MN

April 17 to 19, 2013 - Major April Snowstorm, Duluth, MN

April 11 to 13, 2013 - Heavy Snow and Thundersnow, Duluth, MN

March 2 to 4, 2012 - Lake Effect / Lake Vortex Enhanced Snow, Duluth, MN

November 13, 2010 - Thundersnow, Duluth, MN

January 23 to 26, 2010 - Standing Wave Enhanced Snowstorm, Duluth, MN

December 24 to 26, 2009 - Orographic Blizzard, Duluth, MN

April 10 to 12, 2008 - Blizzard with Cloud-to-ground Lightning, Duluth, MN

April 5, 2008 - Snow with Cloud-to-ground Lightning, Duluth, MN

December 4, 2007 - Heavy Lake Effect Snow, Duluth, MN

April 3 to 4, 2007 - Heavy Snow, Duluth, MN

March 1 to 2, 2007 - Thunderblizzard, Duluth, MN

February 23 to 27, 2007 - Blizzard and Prolonged Snow Event, Duluth, MN

February 24, 2006 - Fluffy Snowstorm Enhanced by Strong Band of Lake Effect Snow, Duluth, MN

December 14 to 15, 2005 - Strongly Terrain Enhanced Snowstorm, Duluth, MN

January 1, 2005 - New Years Day Fireworks!, Duluth, MN

January 25 to 27, 2004 - Long Duration Lake Enhanced Snowstorm, Duluth, MN