Minnesotans really had to endure a lot in 2013. A terribly snowy, cold, and wet spring, 2 major severe weather outbreaks in June, the excessive heat of August, and then the wicked cold snap in December, it was quite a year. So it's likely no surprise that Minnesota finished the year colder and wetter than normal. It was the 21st coldest year on record for the 119 year history of the National Climate Data Center. It was also the 28th wettest. So why so cold and wet?? Well, we had the same pattern persist ALL YEAR LONG, and it actually continues today. A trough in the east and a ridge in the west. This allows periodic cold snaps for the eastern two thirds of the country which will often bring moisture along with them. This is what lead to an unusually cool summer and the very wet conditions for much of the year, but does not apply for the very snowy spring… other factors were involved to produce the snow. But this pattern is also why California just experienced its driest year ever with Oregon and Idaho not far behind. As you can imagine, it is also responsible for the exact opposite weather in the north and the east with the wettest years on record in North Dakota and Michigan and top 10 for 9 other states. When will this pattern end?? Well, that remains to be seen, but as long as it continues, very little about our overall weather Nationwide will change.