July recap: warm & wet

- Another month in the climate books and another crazy month of weather here in Minnesota.  From flash flooding and river flooding to preliminary estimates of over 500 severe weather reports including more than a dozen tornadoes.  From coolish mornings to blistering hot afternoons, this July we pretty much saw everything… well, except snow I suppose.

For the metro, it was a surprisingly average month with the average temperature about a degree above average which is considered to be pretty standard.  Rainfall was also pretty normal, at least at the airport, coming in just about an inch above normal.  The same can’t be said about the state as a whole though.  Like any other summer month, it was feast or famine in terms of rainfall…

Parts of the state were struggling just to tally up to an inch of rain while others were inundated with more than a foot.  The hardest hit areas were clearly the Brainerd lakes to Pine County and northwest Wisconsin with local spots topping 15 inches for the month.  In fact, one such rain gauge in Aitkin read more than 13” of rain for the month and nearly 2 feet since Memorial Day!! This coming courtesy of Ryan Schwartz…