Summer Trend Continues in Central Minnesota With Warm, Wet August
ST. CLOUD — The month of August was warm but not a record breaker. According to the St. Cloud State University Weather Summary, August was just under two degrees warmer than normal and not nearly as warm as July.
St. Cloud didn’t have any extreme highs or lows. The lows were more above normal at 2.4 degrees warmer than the average lows. The dewpoint contributed to that because frequent rains continued into August.
It was definitely a wet month. Total August rainfall at the St. Cloud Airport was 5.32 inches or 1.53 inches above normal, but other parts of central Minnesota were hit even harder. Collegeville was nearly 3 1/4 inches above normal.
For the growing season Collegeville is more than 9 1/2 inches above the norm and places like Alexandria and Hutchinson are seven inches higher than average.
Overall, the meteorological summer which is from June 1st through August 31st continues a warm trend of summers. In all we were about about 2-degrees above normal for those three months. It makes five out of the last 6 summers that were warmer than normal and 9 out of the last 12.
Look for high temps to settle back into the upper 70’s early this month and middle 60’s by the end of September. Lows will start out in the 50’s but fall to near 40 by October.