June 2015: Cold Start, Followed by Rain:
After a cold start to the month, and following a generally wetter than normal May, the first significant rains of June occurred over Tuesday through Thursday this week (June 2-4), bringing thunder, lightning and hail to some areas. Observers in Norman and Red Lake Counties reported some 1 inch to 1.5 inch diameter hail on June 2nd, while other locations in the Red River Valley saw thunderstorm winds gust to over 40 mph. Many observers reported rainfall amounts that ranged from half an inch to three-quarters of an inch. Some areas received over an inch of rainfall, including Crookston, Roseau, Twin Valley, Winton, Cook, St Cloud, Kimball, Lester Prairie, Renville, Litchfield, Willmar, Minnesota, and Vesta.
Thanks to the rains moderate drought which occupied nearly 25 percent of the Minnesota landscape last week, shrunk further to just 12 percent of the landscape this week. Warmer and drier weather appears to be on tap for the 2nd week of June, following some additional widespread showers this weekend.
Weekly Weather Potpourri:
MPR Listener Question:
Twin Cities Almanac for June 5th:
MSP Local Records for June 5th:
MSP weather records for this date include: highest daily maximum temperature of 92 degrees F in 1911 and 1925; lowest daily maximum temperature of 50 degrees F in 1935: lowest daily minimum temperature is 40 degrees F in 2000; highest daily minimum temperature of 75 F in 1925; record precipitation of 2.53 inches 1980; and no snowfall has been recorded on this date.
Average dew point for June 5th is 52 degrees F, with a maximum of 77 degrees F in 1925 and a minimum of 21 degrees F in 2009.
All-time state records for June 5th:
Past Weather Features:
Starting June 5, 1915 the observer at Winton, MN measured 15 consecutive days with rain, one of the longest stretches ever recorded in the state. In total it rained nearly 7 inches at Winton during the month of June 1915.
June 5, 1968 started a 5-day Heat Wave across the southern half of the state bringing temperatures of 90°F or greater to over 60 communities, topped by 98 degrees F at Lamberton.
Strong thunderstorms brought wind, hail, and heavy rains to parts of southern Minnesota over June 5-8, 1994. Mankato received over 4 inches of rain, Farmington over 5 inches, and Rosemount over 6 inches, with some street flooding in all of those communities.