One of the delights of spring is that first time you can open the windows and let in that fresh Minnesota air. But what do you do when it’s too cold to open a window and doing so would defeat your home heating goals? Here are some efficient ways to keep fresh, clean, Minnesota air circulating through your home, no matter the season or the weather.
Why Minnesotans Love the Cold
Maybe winter isn’t your favorite time of year, but there are a lot of great things about the change of seasons and colder temperatures. Here are 10 reasons to love cold weather:
What to Expect this Winter in Minnesota
So many forecasters, so many different predictions. Who to believe?
The Old Farmers Almanac, now known as The Almanac, is North America's oldest continuously published periodical (first published in 1792) and comes out every year in September. The operation is based in Dublin, New Hampshire and the words of the Almanac's founder, Robert B. Thomas, guide them still:
"Our main endeavour is to be useful, but with a pleasant degree of humor."
The Almanac predicts a relatively normal and (unsurprisingly) cold winter for those of us in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. The Almanac also predicts that in some areas, below normal temperatures and precipitation will occur due to the reoccuring cold streaks throughout January and February.
Protect Your Home From Winter Wear and Tear
The time has come to tackle some home winterization projects. Although it’s not winter yet, completeing these tasks now will save you from both a freezing home and a freezing chore later. Here are some important and simple winterization projects you can do to save energy and protect your house from Minnesota's coldest months.
How to Stay Warm at a Cold Weather Game
We love our fall sports in Minnesota. From high school to college to professional sports, we embrace the season and cheering on our favorite team. You may be sweating through the first few games, but you know you'll be bundling up way before Minnesota winter hits. What are some creative ways for staying warm during fall sports events?
Check the Forecast
Start by watching the Minnesota weather reports and plan accordingly. What is the chance of precipitation? How windy is it? Will it be sunny or cloudy, what's the temperature? Pay attention and then make your plans.
History Behind a Unique Baseball BobbleheadKent Hrbek is a Minnesota classic. He played his entire 14-year career for his hometown MLB team, was the first player to hit a home run in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and was instrumental in the Twins' World Series championship in '87 and '91. Of course, it seems right to have our Minnesota baseball legend honored as a bobblehead!
Experience Fall Foliage in the Midwest
Minnesota becomes a tourist destination in the fall, with the brilliant changes in colors and cooler temperatures.
And yet many of us locals miss out on the beauty of our state. Make plans now for a day trip to see the amazing display of colors in Minnesota. You have (at the maximum) a six week window to make it happen, so plan now to experience the fall colors at their best.
Ever Wonder How the Biggest Mall in America Stays Warm?
Since the Mall of America (MOA) opened its doors in 1992, it annually hosts more than 40 million vi
sitors each year - all of whom enjoy a comfortable 70-degree shopping and entertaining experience. Regardless what time of year they visit, they’ve appreciated that indoor temperature without any formal heating system. To put that into perspective, consider this Bloomington, Minnesota mall has over 4.8 million gross square feet, 520-plus stores, an amusement park, aquarium and other restaurants and attractions. You’d think a space that size in the frigid Midwest would need heat – but it doesn’t. How do they keep the temperature a comfy 70-degrees, year-round?
Minnesota Weather is Full of Surprises
Our summers in Minnesota never last as long as we’d like. We wait about eight months for warmer temperatures to return and then we sometimes tend to complain when things get too hot! Air conditioning is almost a necessity in some stretches of the summer. While we’re waiting for those warmer temperatures to really kick in, hear about some fun temperature and weather facts.
Summer Home Energy Efficiency Tips
Summertime means vacation time. Not only does your vacation require planning, leaving your home for a few weeks or even a weekend getaway also requires some special attention. Here are summer energy
saving tips for your home while you’re on vacation.