Rains followed by some record low temperatures:
More widespread thunderstorms occurred across the state on July 6th, bringing more heavy rainfall. Many observers reported 2 to 3 inches of rain especially across central and southern portions of Minnesota. One observer south of Afton (Washington County) reported 6.54 inches of rainfall. The NOAA National Weather Service and MN State Climatology Office provided a rainfall summary on a county by county basis.
Cool, dry Canadian high pressure settled over the state on the backside of the thunderstorms, bringing very comfortable conditions to most of the state. Under clear skies over July 7th and July 8th a few Minnesota observers reported new record low temperatures. On July 7th Kabetogama reported a record low of 41°F, Floodwood 40°F, and Fosston 37°F. Then on July 8th even more record lows were reported including: 44°F at Browns Valley and Long Prairie; 43°F at Sandstone; 40°F at International Falls (tied 1958), 39°F at Isabella (tied 1958) and Ely; and 37°F at Fosston, Hibbing and Eveleth.
Women in Meteorology:
Today, the World Meteorological Organization reports that there are far more female students of meteorology than ever before, and they anticipate that the percentage of women in the profession will be going up. Worldwide, it is estimated that about 22-24 percent of all meteorologists and hydrologists are women. In the United Kingdom one third of the BBC meteorologists are women, and in some of the former republics of the Soviet Union and eastern European countries (including Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Latvia) 60 to 80 percent of professional meteorologists and hydrologists are women.
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Twin Cities Almanac for July 10th:
MSP Local Records for July 10th:
MSP weather records for this date include: highest daily maximum temperature of 106 degrees F in 1936; lowest daily maximum temperature of 69 degrees F in 1945: lowest daily minimum temperature is 49 degrees F in 1945 and 1996; highest daily minimum temperature of 80 F in 1936; record precipitation of 1.93 inches 2002; and no snowfall has been recorded on this date.
Average dew point for July 10th is 59 degrees F, with a maximum of 79 degrees F in 1966 and a minimum of 37 degrees F in 1931.
All-Time State Records for July 10th:
Past Weather Features:
Perhaps the coldest July 10th in history occurred in 1996 when 10 climate stations reported morning lows in the 30s F. Many northern communities saw daytime highs reach only into the 60s F with a brisk cool northerly breeze all day.
July 9-11, 2002 brought thunderstorms and heavy rains to many parts of northwestern and central Minnesota. An observer from Climax (Polk County) reported a total rainfall of 8.33 inches. Observers in Fergus Falls, Glenwood, Long Prairie, Melrose, and St Francis reported over 5 inches. Several cities reported flood roads and highways.