Comments on June Climate:
On a statewide basis June rainfall was near normal as well, but within the observational network were some individual daily record values. Some of these included 2.16" at Litchfield on the 4th, 2.45" at Theilman and 4.50" at Melrose on the 7th, and on the 22nd Lamberton reported a record 2.59", Austin a record 2.41", and Albert Lea a record 3.30".
As far as total June rainfall, Melrose (7.99"), Albert Lea (9.09"), and Austin (7.52") reported values that were among the 10 wettest Junes historically.
Weekly Weather Potpourri:
Heat Waves have been dominant elsewhere as well. Areas in Pakistan, Spain, the United Kingdom, Columbia, and Venezuela were reporting record high temperatures this week as well. These resulted in public health problems and were conducive to the development of wildfires. More on this from the BBC Weather Centre.
MPR Listener Question:
Twin Cities Almanac for July 3rd:
MSP Local Records for July 3rd:
MSP weather records for this date include: highest daily maximum temperature of 100 degrees F in 1949 and 1990; lowest daily maximum temperature of 62 degrees F in 1927: lowest daily minimum temperature is 47 degrees F in 1967; highest daily minimum temperature of 79 F in 1949; record precipitation of 3.70 inches 1879; and no snowfall has been recorded on this date.
Average dew point for July 3rd is 59 degrees F, with a maximum of 77 degrees F in 1999 and a minimum of 38 degrees F in 1941.
All-Time State Records for July 3rd:
Past Weather Features:
July 3, 1983 brought severe thunderstorms to many parts of the state. Strong downburst winds caused damage to power lines, as well as many homes and buildings in Scott, Carver. Nicollet, Anoka, and Washington Counties. There was a tornado near Andover, with several homes damaged, but no fatalities. These storms brought heavy rains and flash flooding to parts of northern Minnesota where Hawley, Park Rapids, and Itasca State Park reported over 4 inches.