In his role as Extension Climatologist and Meteorologist Dr. Seeley managed the Weather and Climate Education Program, as well as doing research and teaching. He has served as a weekly commentator on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” news program and written the weekly newsletter (blog) “Minnesota WeatherTalk” since 1992. Dr. Seeley has helped Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) produce award-winning documentaries on Minnesota’s most memorable historical weather events, and on how climate change is affecting the state’s infrastructure and natural resources. He is author of Minnesota Weather Almanac (1st edition published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2006 and second edition published in 2015), and co-author (with Don Breneman) of Voyageur Skies: Weather and the Wilderness in Minnesota’s National Park (Afton Press, 2011), an award-winning book about the state’s only national park.
Dr. Seeley has been honored with a variety of awards, some of which include: Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association Outstanding Service Award, December 2017; Minnesota Agri-Growth Council Distinguished Service Award, November 2017; The Siehl Prize in Agriculture for lifetime contributions of knowledge to the agricultural sciences, May 2014; The University President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service, May, 2012; The Scientific Communication and Education Award from Sigma Xi (2001, 2008, 2017); the University of Minnesota Extension Dean and Director’s Award, 2006; the MN/DOT Research Center Partnership Award (for design and use of snow fences), 2003
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, CA 1969 (pre-law)
M.S. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 1975 (meteorology)
Ph.D. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 1977 (climatology)
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY :
Assistant Professor, 1978-1982 (100 pct Extension)
Associate Professor, 1983-1989 (80 pct Extension, 20 pct Research)
Professor, 1989-2018 (79 pct Extension. 21 pct Research)
Visiting Scientist, UK Meteorological Office, England 1989-1990
NOAA Partnership Fellow, 2002, Climate Prediction Center, Wash. D.C.