What a difference a year makes.
We’ve hit 80 degrees a whopping 3 days so far this year in the Twin Cities. Last year, thermometers had already flashed 90 in the metro 8 times by this date. By the end of last summer we hit 90 degrees 27 times in the metro. With July two weeks away, that number seems out of reach this year. We may even have a tough time getting to our average of 13 days of 90 degrees.
Our average high hits 80 in the metro this week. It stays there until August 20th. The good news is the weather pattern is trending drier and warmer over the next two weeks. It appears we’ll see a stretch of highs in the 80’s, and maybe even our first 90 cropping up in western Minnesota late next week.
The full “Strawberry Ripening” (Dakota) full moon rises at 9:36pm tomorrow. The summer solstice occurs at 6:59pm Friday.
Finally the weather maps agree that summer is near.