74 F. average high on May 31.
86 F. high on May 31, 2014.
May 31, 1934: Extreme heat in Minnesota with 107 in St. Paul and 106 in Minneapolis. Rush City reached 110. There were numerous cases of heat ailments among persons and livestock.
May 31, 1932: Heat wave with 108 at Campbell, Fairmont, Faribault, and New Ulm.
Rent the Tent!
Welcome to the wettest, most severe month of the year, on average. June 2014 was the wettest month ever recorded, statewide. The trend has been for monsoon-like Junes since about 2010. Place your bets for 2015, but I suspect it won't be as soggy as recent Junes.
Every year I plead with June brides planning outdoor weddings. "Rent the tent!" I implore. If you don't you make yourself a target. Mother Nature just can't resist. June rains are heaviest late at night; T-storms flaring along warm frontal boundaries. The best odds of dry weather: midday & early afternoon. Nature never moves in a straight line but by mid and late June we should be sweating through the 80s and a few 90s.
Today is the start of meteorological summer, what is historically the 90 warmest days of the year.
And I'm still betting on a hotter summer than recent years, thanks to, in part, a strengthening El Nino; the same phenomenon that spiked rains over Texas, where 1 to 2 FEET of rain fell in May.
T-storms move in on Wednesday as temperatures mellow. Highs brush 80F by late week, warm enough for a dip in the lake but not oppressive. Not yet.
We dry out late week; Saturday looks like the sunnier, nicer day.
* photo credit: Joel Bischoff.
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TODAY: More clouds than sun, milder. Winds: SE 10. High: 69
MONDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds. Low: 53
TUESDAY: Some sun. T-Storms Red River Valley. High: 74
WEDNESDAY: More widespread T-storms. Dew point: 63. Wake-up: 58. High: 76
THURSDAY: Isolated storm, best chance southern MN. Wake-up: 63. High: 79
FRIDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, balmy. Wake-up: 62. High: near 80
SATURDAY: Fading sun, nicer day. Wake-up: 63. High: 81
SUNDAY: Few T-showers sprout. Wake-up: 64. HIgh: 76