A Recap of Fair Weather and the Month of August - KMSP-TV

A Recap of Fair Weather and the Month of August

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August was the tale of two months that had one common story. The two tales involved temperatures. The first half of the month continued the trend of below normal temperatures that started in the second half of July. Then, in the middle of the month, the weather pattern quickly switched and the second half of the month switched to having well above normal temperatures, with several record highs being set between the 25th and 27th. In fact, the last week of August ended up being the warmest week of the entire summer, with MSP recording 6 straight days with highs of 90 degrees or higher from the 24th through the 29th, and of course that was just in time for the Fair. In fact, it ended up being one of the warmest Fairs on record as the average high temperature was more than 88 degrees which was nearly 10 degrees above average.

The common story though for both of the August temperature regimes were the dry conditions that dominated the entire month. Just 2 small spats of rain at the fairgrounds over the 12 days and both were at night or real early in the morning when many were not on the grounds. Once we combined the heat to go along with the dry weather at the end of the month, we quickly saw drought conditions expand across the entire area, with the entire area now categorized as being in moderate drought.

Below you'll find climate summaries for the month of August for the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, and Eau Claire.

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