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Enjoying the Summer Heat

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After chatting with many over the past couple of days via in person, facebook, or twitter… I have noticed a common theme; there seems to be very few of us that are complaining about the heat. I understand the reasoning… it was an abnormally long snow season leading to the lust for warmer weather. It's just funny how quickly opinions can change because this time last year, there were many who couldn't wait for the fall. So Keith and I did some number crunching and I believe we have come up with a good explanation as to why this would be. Here's how the high temperatures break down so far this summer (June & July) as compared to just last year. First thing you should notice is it's not the same scale. This year we have had 50's/60's while last year's coolest highs were in the 70's.

And here is how the entire year breaks down with highs found in the 70's, 80's, 90's, and 100's this far into the summer.

It doesn't take a genius to notice the big differences with nearly 2 weeks more of 90's last year to this point, not to mention a couple of days above 100 degrees. Let's not forget about the humidity either with dewpoints climbing into the 80's on several occasions statewide allowing the heat index, or the feels like temperature, to top 115 for several days. So it's not a big surprise that this current "heat wave" isn't exactly ground breaking. The heat this year is actually quite normal with the Twin Cities averaging about 2 weeks worth of 90 degree days a year… and today would be our 8th day. But the amount of these 90 plus degree days can vary drastically from zero to over 40. Check the years by the numbers in the graphic below courtesy of the National Weather Service.

Even though this heat is normal, it can still be shocking to see temperatures struggling to dip under 80 degrees in the overnight hours. One of our producers snapped this photo in his car after 2am. Thanks Kelly!

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