Late Summer 2014 Dry Spell

Preliminary rainfall totals for June 25 to August 26 2014
Preliminary rainfall totals for June 25 to August 26, 2014

 

The Summer of 2014 started with an extremely wet June. Since then, the last eight weeks have been dry. In fact, from June 25 to August 26 most of central and southern Minnesota was from two to six inches short of normal.

As of August 28, the Drought Monitor shows that part of south central Minnesota and a small area of southeast Minnesota has been categorized as "Abnormally Dry". So why has the drought been slow to return to Minnesota? There are two main reasons. One is that this summer dry spell came on the heels of the wettest June on record for the state, and secondly it hasn't been too warm. The preliminary statewide average temperature departure for July 2014 was the same as the Twin Cities at 2.3 degrees below normal. August so far has had a pattern of near normal temperatures, with a lack of extreme heat. Through August 28th in the Twin Cities, there have only been two days of 90 degrees or more. By August 28 in 2013, there were 15 days of 90 or above.

Putting this period in a historical context the total rainfall historical rank shows that parts of southwest and south central Minnesota have had one of the driest June 25 to August 26th periods on record.

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