Quite a Stetch of Cool Weather…And There’s More To Come

August 7, 2013 0 Comments

Tuesday’s 80°+ temperatures and heavier humidity gave us a rare glimpse of what typical August weather is like as cool and dry have generally been the theme this month so far.  The same cold front that triggered strong thunderstorms in the Twin Cities and even parts of our viewing area late in the evening also swept aside that warmer air mass and in its wake, we’re again feeling cool and September-like.  By now, most people are very used to this mild, autumn feeling weather because this is nothing new for us.  This has been going on for more than half a month and looking at our upcoming seven day forecasts of late, those 70 degree highs are all you’ll likely be seeing for quite some time.  It’s been about four years since we we’ve experienced such a cool stretch in an otherwise warm and sticky part of the year.  In 2009, we had a number of 70 something days and ended up with the second coolest July on record.  We didn’t even come close this July because even thoughmost of the final ten days or so were spent in the 70s, the first 20 days of the month were 80° or warmer with only one exception.  That strange balance of hot and cold brought the numbers to statistical neutrality and the numbers came out within a tenth of a degree of normal for highs and lows. 

Only twice in the past 10 days have we reached statistically normal temperatures for summer standards

Only twice in the past 10 days have we reached statistically normal temperatures for summer standards

This cool spell started on July 21st and since then, with 17 days officially in the books, 13 of those days have been in the 70s or even 60s…not the lower 80s that would be more normal for this time of the year.   As we’ve mentioned a couple of times in the past week, we’re going to stick with this pattern of cooler than normal weather.  At this point, we’re expecting mid to upper 70s each day with possibly only a couple of exceptions over the next couple of weeks.

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