2014 will be a year not only remembered as the year winter never wanted to end, and one of the wettest June’s of all time, but it will also be remembered for the late start to our 90° season. The first five months of the year were all significantly below average, however surprisingly June was right on target in most areas. With target temperatures in the low to mid 80’s by the second half of the month of June, it is quite common to get at least a few 90° days. But not this year! It is now July 5th and we still have not topped 90° in the metro making it the latest in the year without 90°+ since 1993. The average date of our first 90° day is on the last day of May, the 31st.
Now, this isn’t exactly a record because for those of you who were actually here in 1993 may remember that year as the "year without a summer" as the Twin Cities never hit 90 degrees. In fact, we went over 21 months with temperatures below 90 from August 9th, 1992 to May 30th, 1994. Here is a look at how many 90°+ days we have seen in each of the previous 6 years in the metro.
You can see that even in the last 6 years, there has been a wide array of numbers. Who can forget 2012 with one of the hottest summers since the dust bowl of the 1930’s with 31 hot days. But that just wasn’t long after 2 relatively cool years in 2008 and 2009. Our 20 year climatological average is 14.
Is this a sign that our summer will stay cool?? Absolutely not! In fact… there have been several years that have started off slow in the 90+ category recording 1 or 2 in June and July, and then finished with more than a dozen in August and/or September… so things can turn hot quickly!