2nd hottest “Fair” ever; Record dew points; Slight relief Wednesday; Much cooler by Labor Day

Sauna-on-a-stick

It was a great time at the Fair today with Cathy Wurzer and Mark Seeley, Pete Boulay and a host of MPR listeners at the Fair. Call it the Great Minnesota Sweat Together, it was hot…and extremely humid.

It didn’t help that the MPR booth on Judson is between the french fries and pork chop on a stick booths. Forgive me if my mind is a bit deep-fried as I type this today.

Any way you slice it..Tuesday was oppressive. Our dew point reached 77 degrees at 3pm today, and my colleague Mark Seeley says that ties the record for the highest dew point ever recorded at the Fair and on this date. The Twin Cities NWS has more details.

RECORD EVENT REPORT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHANHASSEN MN
400 PM CDT TUE AUG 27 2013

…A DAILY RECORD…WARM DEW POINT TIED AT TWIN CITIES MN…

THE HIGHEST DEW POINT TEMPERATURE HAS BEEN 77 DEGREES IN THE TWIN CITIES TODAY.

THIS TIES THE WARMEST DEW TEMPERATURE FOR AUGUST 27. THE ORIGINAL 77 DEGREE DEW POINT WAS RECORDED AUGUST 27 1990. THIS ALSO TIES THE HIGHEST DEWPOINT ON RECORD DURING A STATE FAIR. THE OTHER STATE FAIR TIED DATES ARE AUGUST 28 1955 AND AUGUST 27 1990.

THIS INFORMATION WAS PROVIDED BY THE MINNESOTA STATE CLIMATOLOGIST.

More on everything dew point from the Minnesota Climate Working Group.

Image: Twin Cities NWS

State Fair Heat Wave 2013: The Worst Is Over

The worst of our record setting “State Fair Heat Wave of 201″  is behind us now. It will still be in the 90s Wednesday…but dew points will be in the 60s…noticeably lower than the record setting 77 degree mark we reached Tuesday. Real relief is on the way by Labor Day. Here’s’ the Euro model output which (as usual) picked up on the trend first.

Image: Euro model data via Weatherspark

“Dry Front” drifts through metro late Tuesday

You could literally see the line of cumulus along the cool front drift from north to south through the metro late Tuesday afternoon on doppler.

Image: Weather Underground

Here’s a look from the GOES 1km visible satellite as the front pushed south.

Image: NOAA via College of Dupage

2nd Hottest State Fair Ever?

Overall this looks like it will go down as the 2nd hottest Fair on record. Here’s the data through Monday from Pete Boulay at the MN Climate Working Group. Add in Tuesday’s high of 96 and we’re closer to the #1 slot with an average high near 92.3 degrees.

Image: MN Climate Working Group

Bring on the 70s and 80s. After today at the Fair “September” finally looks like a good idea.