Out of the Clear Blue Sky: Weather in Murray County
Murray County has a continental climate, with usually cold winters and hot humid summers. It is also a climate of extremes. Murray has the dubious honor of holding the state record for Minnesota’s only f-5 tornadoes. The 1968 Tracy tornado started over the Lake Shetek area in 1968 and the 1992 Chandler and Lake Wilson tornado, pictured to the left.
Living in a climate of extremes changes the cultural landscape and affects human memory. Murray County Central High School is a direct result of the 1992 tornado. The economic history of Lake Wilson is tied to three disasters; a fire, a tornado and a man made explosion. Agriculture is directly tied to the weather and a farmer’s daily decisions are based on its outlook. The museum will explore how weather has changed the history of the area, both economically and culturally. We will try to answer questions like; did the dirty thirties effect our area? What was the effect of the 1975 Blizzard of the Century on farming? How do the first students of the combined MCC remember their school years? And many more. The twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1992 tornado this year and the fiftieth anniversary of the Tracy tornado in 2018 seem good milestones to explore weather. So keep an eye to the sky and your ear to the ground for upcoming announcements on when the new exhibit will open. We hope to have it in place by the time of the Chandler-Lake Wilson all School Reunion on June 17th.