Chilly Sunday Morning

Yesterday, August 30, the temperature dipped into the 30s for the first time since June 6. On June 6 we barely missed a very late frost when the official temperature at Hector Int’l dipped to 34 degrees. Our average first morning in the 30s this time of year is September 6, so although the 37…
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Blank

The Sun continues to produce very few sunspots. The Sun, as of this writing, has gone 51 days without an observable spot. This ranks as the 4th longest stretch without a sunspot since 1849. The Sun is currently coming out of solar minimum, that time in the Sun’s eleven year cycle when it produces very…
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Tornado Deaths

The lack of severe weather this year has not only been a local phenomenon, but a national trend as well. The cool pattern that much of the north central and eastern part of the United States has experienced lately has inhibited the severe storm threat for much of the summer season. This would be one…
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Drought Buster?

When August began, much of central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, were experiencing severe drought conditions. For the second straight year that part of Minnesota continued to be missed by most rain events moving through the region. But so far this month, much of the rainfall deficits in that area have been erased. Anywhere from…
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Where Has All The 90s Gone?

I was asked if this past July was only the second time on record that no site in Minnesota reported a 90 degree high. Although the major reporting sites did not reach 90 degrees last month, a few cooperative sites and the Red Wing, Minnesota airport did on July 10. It was, climatologically, unusual for…
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