Summer heat right on track

- I’m sure it’s sad for many that the pop culture summer season (Memorial Day to Labor Day) is more than half over now and it’s been filled with plenty of warmth.  Recent inquiries on social media though suggest that many Minnesotans feel like it’s been an unusually hot summer.  While I can concede that both June and now July have been slightly above average, the extreme summer heat is actually right on track. 

The last week or so in general has been pretty brutal, but it’s nothing unusual for July.  Typically our warmest month, July averages more than a weeks’ worth of 90°+ days with a common afternoon heat index topping 100°.  So why do many of us feel like this summer has been usually warm?

Well, I’d say it’s because we have recently been used to cooler/wetter summers.  Over the 140+ years of records for the Twin Cities, the metro averages roughly 15 90°+ days a year… well look how many we have seen the last couple of years…

NOT MANY! Over the last 2 summers, we have seen just 6 combined 90°+ days, with the summer of 2014 coming in at 2.  That was just the 8th time that the Cities has seen 2 or fewer of these hot afternoons.  But if you think this summer is hot, remind yourself of 2012 and how truly BRUTAL that year was.  I’m pretty sure I was sweating nonstop from February to November that year.  But even that summer wasn’t close to the all-time record.  While it was one of less than a dozen years to top 30, it was still nearly 2 weeks shy of the record set back in 1988 of 44 days. 

Thankfully, I was too young to remember that year!

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