Meteorological summer (June-August) is officially over. The climate records have been tallied and it turns out we endured the 3rd hottest summer on record in the Twin Cities. July was the 2nd warmest month ever and helped to push the summer of 2012 into the top 3 warmest.
The average temperature this summer was 74.8° compared to the hottest summer 75.5° in 1988. Due in part to our hot summer, we are currently experiencing the warmest year-to-date on record.
Summer hasn’t given up just yet. September has started off hot with highs in the 80s and 90s. The weather, however, will get progressively cooler as the week goes on. A pair of cold fronts will produce showers and thunderstorms tonight and again on Thursday night through Friday. It is behind this second front on Friday that conditions really cool off with highs barely getting out of the 60s Friday afternoon!
Wednesday: Morning clouds & rain. Partly cloudy afternoon. H: mid 70s
Thursday: Partly cloudy. Showers & thunderstorms Thursday night. H: mid 70s
Friday: Hello Autumn! Much cooler, cloudy with rain. H: mid 60s
Saturday: Sunny, very low humidity. H: low 70s
Sunday: Temperatures start to moderate, sunny. H: low 70s
The 3-month temperature outlook shows Minnesota with a good chance of receiving above normal temperatures from September through November. This would only continue the warmest year on record in the Twin Cities.
The astronomical end of summer and the beginning of the fall season is September 22, the autumnal equinox. The shorter days and longer nights have already started the fall foliage.
High School Mountain Biking
Cross-country mountain biking is coming soon to Crosby area high schools. Members of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike High School Team and the Minnesota High School Cycling League will be discussing the program and answering questions at Heartwood, September 13 at 7pm in Crosby.