Moorhead’s 88-Degree Dew Point Sets Minn. Record

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Moorhead has set a new Minnesota record for mugginess.

The State Climatology Office says the 88-degree dew point temperature at Moorhead on July 19 is a new state record. Minnesota’s previous dew point record was 86 degrees set at Pipestone and St. James on July 23, 2005.

Moorhead’s 88-degree dew point was recorded from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The climatology office says at that time, wind speeds were decreasing and air temperature rising, which suggests there were local influences that helped drive the dew point to “this extreme level.”

The new record was declared after officials determined the dew-point sensor at the Moorhead automated station was operating properly.

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  1. H. Enthalpy says:

    I happened to be in Moorhead on business that day. You had to be there to truly appreciate what an 88 degree dew point feels like.
    The record high dew point combined with the temperature at that time made the local heat index feel like it was around 795 degrees, and far more “muggy” than I imagine the surface of Venus feels like.

  2. hoooooooorible says:

    I cannot fathom it – dealt with several 81-82’s and it was PATHETIC to work in outside. Add that extra 6-7 which while a small number is a MASSIVE number and amount of extra water …. humans, animals and even some vegetation was never meant to handle that.

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