Podcast #51 – Minnesota’s Exceptional Climate with Kenny Blumenfeld

The podcast this week is a conversation with Kenny Blumenfeld, a writer, storm chaser, and climate scientist who has taught meteorology and geography at the University of Minnesota and Metro State University for years. I have had the pleasure of reading Kenny’s semi-fortnightly weather reports, that offer details of weather events while explaining the complex meteorological forces that create them. These days, he’s working on a documentary about winter focused on Minnesota’s changing climate. Check it out!

We sat down last week at Senor Wong in downtown Saint Paul to talk about how Minnesota’s climate affects our cities, the great weather disasters of Minnesota history, the heat island effect, and why Minnesotans seem so hellbent on finding ways to stay inside all year long.

The link to the audio is here. Weather the whole storm at the podcast feed.

Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.