August and Summer 2013 Climate Summaries

 August was the tale of two months that had one common story.  The two tales inolved 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 swithed 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. The common story though for both of the August temperature regimes were the dry conditions that dominated the entire month.  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 catagorized as being in moderate drought.

For the entire summer (June through August), the warm end to August resulted in the summer as a whole being slightly above normal, while the very dry August more than outweighed the wet June, with the summer finishing drier than normal across the region.

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

Monthly Climate Summaries:   Minneapolis   St. Cloud   Eau Claire   Chanhassen

 

August 2013

Average Temperature

Departure From Normal

Precipitation

Departure From Normal

Eau Claire, WI

70.9°

+1.6°

1.09 in.

-3.38 in.

Twin Cities

74.7°

+3.5°

2.07 in.

-2.23 in.

St. Cloud, MN

69.7°

+1.9°

0.85* in.

-2.94 in.


* Sixth driest August on record at St. Cloud

 

  MSP STC EAU

Temperature

August 2013

Minneapolis
St. Cloud
Eau Claire

  

August 2013

Temperature Departure from Normal

Precipitation

Stats for the Summer of 2013 (June through August)

Summer (Jun-Aug) 2013

Average Temperature

Departure From Normal

Precipitation

Departure From Normal

Eau Claire, WI

69.4°

+0.1°

7.59 in.

-4.89 in.

Twin Cities

72.9°

+1.6°

10.75 in.

-1.84 in.

St. Cloud, MN

69.7°

+1.9°

8.04 in.

-3.23 in.

Summer (June-August) 2013

Temperature Departure from Normal

Precipitation

 



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