University of Minnesota
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
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Department of Soil, Water, and Climate

Mark Seeley | 612-625-4724markseeley

335 Soils Building
1991 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul MN 55108


B.A. 1969 University of California, Berkeley Political Science
M.S. 1975 Northern Illinois University Meteorology
Ph.D. 1977 University of Nebraska Climatology

Dr. Seeley serves as extension climatologist/meteorologist, coordinating weather and climate educational programs with the National Weather Service, the Minnesota State Climatology Office, and various state agencies. His faculty appointment is split between research (20 percent) and extension (80 percent) programs related to the utilization of meteorological and climatological data for agricultural production systems and management of natural resources. He is also active in the NOAA Climate Literacy Program. He spent 1989-1990 on sabbatical leave with the United Kingdom Meteorological Office and Ministry of Agriculture. In 2002 Dr. Seeley was in Washington, D.C. as a NOAA Partner working with the National Weather Service Climate Services Division and the Climate Prediction Center. He has served as a weekly commentator on Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Edition news program since 1992. He also writes the weekly newsletter "Minnesota WeatherTalk" and helps produce a weekly science podcast for public radio called "Jet Streaming" and occasionally contributes to the Minnesota Public Radio daily weather blog "Updraft."

Graduate Programs:
Soil, Water, and Climate
Water Resources
Land and Atmospheric Science

Selected Publications:
Minnesota Weather Almanac, Mark W. Seeley, 2006, 294 pgs. Published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, St Paul, MN.

"NOAA's ThreadEx Project: Implications for Minnesota's Climate History" Mark W. Seeley, in 2009 Minnesota Weatherguide Environment Calendar published by the Freshwater Society, Navarre, MN.

"Weather and Climate Singularities" Mark W. Seeley, in 2008 Minnesota Weatherguide Environment Calendar published by the Freshwater Society, Navarre, MN.

Zin, Min, Ragsdale, D., Radcliffe, T, McCrae, I., and M. Seeley. 2006. Weather patterns that influence seasonal abundance of green peach aphid (myzus persicae) and spread of potato leaf roll virus in the northern Great Plains. Agric and Forest Meteorology, vol. 1, pp 1-11.

Seeley, M.W. "Great Lakes Climate and Meteorology (Parts I and II)", 2005 European Meteorological Society, ISBN 3-928903-33-0 Bulletin and Calendar, Berlin, Germany.

Seeley, M. W., 2004. Mother Nature Smiled: The Grand Excursion of 1854. Minnesota History, vol. 59:1 pp: 36-38.

Shulski, M.D. and M.W. Seeley. 2004. Application of snowfall and wind statistics to snow transport modeling for snowdrift control in Minnesota. J. App. Met. Vol 43: 1711-1721.

Extreme Weather Level 4 Reading Series, Mark W. Seeley, editor, a series of 5 children's books published by Bellwether Media, Minneapolis, MN. (hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, droughts, and ice storms).

5. Amazing Science Series by Picture Window Books, Minneapolis, MN, edited by Mark W. Seeley. 2003:

Medina, H. and M. Seeley, 2003. Avian pneumovirus (APV) and other respiratory challenges in turkeys in the Midwest: An examination of environmental factors that induce a higher incidence in the Spring and Fall of the year. Proceedings of the Western Poultry Disease Conference, Sacramento, CA.