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Preliminary June Climate Summary: June 27, 2014 Commentary

In this edition of WeatherTalk
Preliminary June Climate SummaryWeekly Weather PotpourriMPR Listener QuestionAlmanac for June 27thPast Weather Outlook
Preliminary June Climate Summary
Most observers report a mean monthly June temperature that is close to normal. Extremes for the month ranged from 90 degrees F at Marshall on the 20th and Madison on the 21st to just 30 degrees F at Crane Lake on the 13th.
Though June temperatures around the state were near normal, rainfall was far from it, in fact record-setting for many communities. On a statewide basis the average rainfall for June so far has been about 7.29 inches, just behind the all-time wettest June of 1914 when the statewide average was 7.32 inches, a record likely to be broken by next Monday. Flooding has been widespread on many Minnesota watersheds as a result of the heavy rains.
Many observers reported measurable rainfall on over half of the days during the month of June, and several reported record-setting daily values includi…

Historic Heavy Rainfall: June 20, 2014 Commentary

In this edition of WeatherTalk
Historic Heavy RainfallNew Seasonal Climate OutlookSummer SolsticeWeekly Weather potpourriMPR listener questionAlmanac for June 20thPast weather Outlook
Historic Heavy Rainfall
For the first time since July of 2011 there is no spot on the Minnesota landscape designated to be in drought! I think we all know why, another historically wet month of June is upon us. Four of the last five Junes have brought record setting rainfalls to some parts of the state. The most remarkable feature of this June is how widespread (geographically) these record-setting rainfalls have been.
Many of these record rains have occurred in the past week. A sampling of day to day values includes: June 15: 5.20" at Lake Wilson; 4.41" at Red Wing; 3.73" at Worthington; 3.57" at Luverne; 3.34" at Tracy; 3.30" at Slayton; 3.29" at Springfield; 2.80" at Marshall; 2.33" at Hastings; 2.18" at Pipestone; 2.01" at Hawley; and 1.87" a…

Commentary produced June 13, 2014

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Above normal June rainfall alreadyTemperature comparisonWeekly weather potpourriMPR listener questionAlmanac for June 13thPast weather Outlook Above normal June rainfall already! The Waskish observer reported a thunderstorm rainfall of 3.46 inches on June 12 (Thursday), a record for the date and the second greatest daily amount ever measured at that station in Beltrami County. Several observers have already reported heavy thunderstorms this month.