Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Chief Meteorologist, KSAX
We are half way through the month of August, and so far for the month we are experiencing above-average temperatures, and way-above precipitation. That is no surprise for most of us, of course. I know the folks of Texas would be happy to see some of the rainfall that Minnesota has had this summer.
In Alexandria, for example, the area is averaging a temperature of 70.7. This is not the average day highs, but the average temperature overall. That is nearly one degree above average for the month. The average high so far for August is 79.4 degrees with an average low of 62.1 degrees.
In regards to precipitation, the city as of Sunday, had averaged 3.58" of rainfall. That is 2.15" inches above normal. The greatest amount of rainfall in a 24-hour period was from July 31-Aug. 1, when 2.57" of rainfall was dropped on the city. That was the same system that toppled the trees in the Glenwood area.
By the way, my wife and I drove through the Glenwood area over the weekend. It is amazing to see the damage from the storms that moved through that part of the state a couple of weeks ago. I always hate to see mature trees that have "experienced" so much over the years and have been in people's yards providing shade and oxygen being destroyed in just seconds. Obviously, it takes 15 to 30 years for many trees to become mature. It just proves how powerful the forces of nature are, and how little control we have over it ... we can only forecast it and track it for you.
Have a great day!
Weather history: In 1946 a tornado killed 11 people in the Mankato area. A 27-ton road grader was hurled about 100 feet. Another tornado an hour later destroyed downtown Wells.
Weather fact: Jet Streams
How the wind is blowing at the earth's surface is often different from how it is blowing in the upper levels in the atmosphere. These upper-level winds are called "jet streams." Jet streams usually move weather systems around. In the U.S., they blow from west to east, they blow most weather systems from west to east.
Minnesota at a glance:
Moorhead-Low 53, High 76
Duluth-Low 56, High 80
Alexandria-Low 55, High 75
Twin Cities-Low 64, High 81
Rochester-Low 63, High 76
Marshall-Low 54, High 79
High pressure will return to the area bringing drier conditions to the state for Wednesday with rain chances returning later in the week.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly north. High 80, Low 62 Winds: SE 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-10"
Friday: Partly cloudy, 30 percent chance of showers/T-storms. High 74 Low 55 Winds: SW/W 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10"
Saturday: Partly cloudy, 30 percent chance of showers/T-storms. High 76 Low 60 Winds: SW 5-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10"
Sunday: Partly cloudy and cooler, 30 percent chance of showers/T-storms. High 73 Low 53 Wind: SW 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10"