Preliminary June Climate Summary:
Rainfall for the month was near normal in most areas, except for west-central counties, and some isolated areas of northwestern Minnesota in the Red River Valley, which reported less than normal rainfall for the month. Above normal rainfall was reported by some observers, especially in southeastern and northeastern areas. Eveleth, Tower, Brimson, and Two Harbors reported over 7 inches for the month, and Houston in southeastern Minnesota reported over 8 inches.. The largest one day rain storm was 5.25 inches just southwest of Mankato over June 14-15. Several areas of the state reported some short-lived flooding from severe thunderstorms, and a number of tornadoes were reported, along with large hail. At least 36 new daily rainfall records were reported during June from Minnesota’s weather observer networks. Some Minnesota farmers had to replant fields due to wash-outs or hail damage.
Cool start to July:
80th Anniversary of Minnesota's worst Heat Wave:
Weekly Weather Potpourri:
Another article this week published by EOS features a story about citizen scientists who in recent years have been helping to collect sea ice data in the Arctic Ocean. These data have been used by a number of organizations who are studying the decline in Arctic Sea Ice as it relates to global climate change.
The Minnesota State Climatology Office offered its first rendition of the “Summer Glory Index: this week. June of 2016 ranked as the 24th nicest in 114 years of records according to the SCO.
A recent paper in the journal Nature Communications suggests that obtaining better soils data will be beneficial in predicting future crop productivity under various scenarios of climate change. In some regions of the world soils and soil management is the primary driver of crop yield, more so than climate variability or the deployment of farm technology.
MPR listener question:
Twin Cities Almanac for July 1st:
MSP Local Records for July 1st:
MSP weather records for this date include: highest daily maximum temperature of 100 degrees F in 1883; lowest daily maximum temperature of 60 degrees F in 1945; lowest daily minimum temperature is 46 degrees F in 1969 and 1995; highest daily minimum temperature of 80 degrees F in 2002; record precipitation of 2.85 inches in 1997; and no snowfall has occurred on this date.
Average dew point for July 1st is 58 degrees F, with a maximum of 78 degrees F in 1916 and a minimum of 34 degrees F in 2001.
All-time state records for July 1st:
Past Weather Features:
July 1, 1969 was sweater weather form many Minnesota citizens. In northern and central counties morning temperatures dropped into the 30s F, while as far south as Preston it fell to just 40 degrees F. Many areas saw daytime highs only make it into the 60s F as well.
June 30 to July 1, 1978 brought damaging flash flooding to many eastern sections of the state. Over a 14-hour period 6-9 inches of rain fell over broad ares of southeastern Minnesota. Red Wing and Theilman reported a storm total of 10 inches. This storm began a very wet month of July in 1978.