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Record Cool Spell for Mid-July: July 18, 2014 Commentary

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Record cool spell for mid-July New Seasonal Climate OutlookAnniversary week for Minnesota's top rain stormWeekly Weather potpourriMPR listener questionAlmanac for July 18thPast weather Outlook
Record cool spell for mid-July
On Monday, July 14 a cold air mass from Canada invaded the state and brought record-setting cold high temperatures to scores of communities. Winds were strong from the north and remained so throughout much of the day and the night, so no overnight minimum temperature records were set. But the cooler, drier air from the north held down daytime temperatures into the 50s and 60s F across the state. Some observers reporting new record cold highs for the date included: 57 degrees F at Silver Bay, Isabella, Bigfork, and Embarrass; 59 degrees F at Crane Lake, Cloquet, and Ely; 60 degrees F at International Falls, Brimson, Leech Lake and Mora (tied with 1960); 61 degrees F at Moose Lake, Grand Rapids, and Bemidji (tied with 1961); 62 degr…

Cool July, sporadic rainfall: July 11, 2014 Commentary

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Cool July, sporadic rainfallWeekly Weather potpourriMPR listener questionAlmanac for July 11thPast weather Outlook

Cool July, sporadic rainfall
The month of July has started cool with most observers reporting average temperature for the month that ranges from 2-4 degrees F cooler than normal. Eight of the first ten days of the month were cooler than normal at Rochester, for example. Statewide this is the coldest first ten days of July since 2009. Some observers have reported daily record values of temperature.

Starting on July 1st a few locations reported new record cold high temperature values for the date including a high of just 57 degrees F at Crookston and Tamarac Wildlife Refuge, and a high of only 63 degrees F at Wheaton. On July 3rd Brimson (St Louis County) reported a new record minimum temperature of 36 degrees F, as did Long Prairie (Todd County) with a record minimum of 41 degrees F. On the holiday, July 4th observers at Crane Lake, Embarrass…

June Record Rainfalls: July 4, 2014 Commentary

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Early EditionJune Record RainfallsWeekly Weather potpourriMPR listener questionAlmanac for July 4thPast weather Outlook
Early Edition
With the July 4th holiday on Friday this year, there will not be an MPR segment associated with the Minnesota WeatherTalk weekly newsletter, so I am sending this abbreviated version out early, to enjoy the 3-day weekend.

June Record Rainfalls
Though June temperatures around the state were near normal, rainfall was far from it, in fact record-setting for many communities. On a statewide basis the average rainfall for June was 8.09 inches, a record historical high not only for June, but for any month of the year. The previous wettest months in Minnesota history on a statewide basis were June of 1914 and July of 1897 with values of 7.32 inches.

Those individual climate stations setting records for the wettest June include:

Ada 9.20 inchesInternational Falls 10.24 inchesLittlefork 9.23 inchesWaskish 8.93 inchesKabetogama 11.58 …