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Meet and Greet at the State Fair

Meet and Greet at the State Fair For those who would like to visit about the weather I will be at the University of Minnesota CFANS Alumni Lounge in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building on the State Fairgrounds this Saturday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. If you plan to attend the State Fair on Saturday, please drop by and say hello.

August Heat Wave According to the Mayo Clinic when the Heat Index reaches 91 degrees F or higher, people should take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion, especially young people, elderly people, or those suffering from certain chronic illness (COPD, MS, etc) that require medications. This is the reason the National Weather Service issues heat advisories (Heat Index values in the 90s F to 100 F) and excessive heat warnings (Heat Index Values above 100 F), with other modifiers to take into account how little overnight cooling occurs.

The longest Heat Wave of 2013 occurred this week in southern Minnesota, starting mid-afternoon on Saturday (Aug 24) …

Cooler than normal temperature pattern continues

Cooler than normal temperature pattern continues Over the past three weeks cooler than normal temperatures have dominated our region quite consistently. In fact International Falls, MN has reported 28 consecutive days with cooler than normal temperature readings. Some overnight lows have dipped to record setting values. On August 10th International Falls tied their record low of 38 degrees F. Then on Wednesday, August 14th several northern Minnesota communities reported record low values, including Ely (36 F), Orr (35 F), Crane Lake (34 F) Kabetogama (37 F), Grand Marais (32 F), Silver Bay (32 F) Brimson (30 F tied 2004), and International Falls again (35 F tied 1997). On Thursday (August 15) some additional low temperature records were set at Embarrass (32 F), Kabetogama (38 F), and Orr (35 F). Further, on Friday morning there were a few more reports of lows in the 30s F including Crane Lake and Orr (39 F) and Embarrass (36 F).

The cooler than normal temperature p…

Significant rains

Significant rains August 5-6 brought wind, hail, and heavy rains to some parts of the state, for many the first significant rainfall of the month. At least 20 counties reported large hail (nickel size to tennis ball size) for brief periods of time, while another four counties reported strong winds which damaged trees. Fast moving thunderstorms brought record setting rainfall amounts in some places. Among those setting new daily rainfall records were: Wells (1.95"), Winnebago (1.62"), Milan (1.42"), Vesta (1.34"), Montevideo (1.15"), and Litchfield (1.02"). Many other observers reported from 1 to 2 inches of rainfall, but did not set daily records. Albert Lea, Blue Earth, and Hutchinson observers reported over 2 inches. You can read a brief report on these storms at the State Climatology Office web site.

Cooler than normal temperature pattern The cooler than normal temperature pattern from the last week of July has carried over into the …