Climate Tracker

The Drift of Climate Across the Land

Just as weather moves across the surface of the earth, so does climate—only much more slowly. In dust-bowl times eighty years ago, the dry climate of the west moved eastward into Minnesota, and when the rains returned, climate swung back toward the west. Click the links to the left to see what the historical weather stations tell us about the movement of climate in the past, and how they carry clues for its movement in the future.