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Preliminary August Climate Summary

Most climate observers in Minnesota are reporting a mean August temperature that is within plus or minus 1-2 degrees F of normal.  Extremes ranged from 91 degrees F at Hutchinson on the 24th to 34 degrees F at Seagull Lake (Cook County) on the 14th.  For a number of western Minnesota communities August did not bring a single day with 90 degrees F or higher, and for only the second time in 20 years, not a single reading of 90 F or higher was recorded in July and August.

MSP set a new high dewpoint record on August 24th with a reading of 76 degrees F as the Heat Index climbed to 95 degrees F for those attending the State Fair.

August precipitation was highly variable, with most observers reporting below normal values, especially in the south-central and southeastern counties.  Thanks to a handful of scattered, but very heavy thunderstorms some observers reported over 5 inches of rain for the month including, Benson (5.27"), Brainerd (6.18"), Dawson (6.62"), Madison (5.39&…

Wet August for Some

In this edition of Minnesota WeatherTalk

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Wet August for some Though most of the state has remained drier than normal for August, a few observers have reported above normal rainfall for the month thanks to some fairly isolated, but intense heavy thunderstorms. In the northern counties Backus, Duluth, and Brimson have received over 3.50 inches of rain so far this month, and Wadena and Little Falls report over 4 inches. In the west Glenwood, Hancock, Alexandria, Montevideo, and New York Mills have received over 3.50 inches, and Ortonville, Rothsay, Artichoke Lake, Madison, and Morris have reported over 4 inches. Dawson is the wet spot in the west with over 6 inches so far this month. In the southeastern counties Mantorville and Theilman have reported over 3.50 inches, while Zumbrota, Winona, Cannon Falls, and Minnesota City have…

Wrap-up on July Climate: August 8, 2014 Commentary

In this edition of WeatherTalk
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Wrap-up on July Climate
Most observers reported a July mean temperature that was 2 to 4 degrees F cooler than normal. This pattern has been prevalent across the state since last October as 8 of the last 9 months have brought cooler than normal temperatures to the state. During the cool spell towards the end of the month, Ada set a new record cold maximum temperature on the 27th with 67 degrees, and Red Lake Falls did similarly with 66 degrees F on the 28th. Extremes for the month were 96 degrees F at Hutchinson on the 21st and 36 degrees F at Brimson on the 4th and Embarrass on the 16th.
Most of the state was drier than normal during July, many places 1 to 2 inches less than average for the month. Thanks to some intense thunderstorms there were some wet spots, including Grand Portage with 6.31 inch…