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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Greg Spoden is the state climatologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Compared to last summer, Spoden says this summer feels cool.

“July of 2012 was the second hottest month in Minnesota history,” Spoden said.

He says overall this summer is pretty close to normal, but farmers would like to see a little better growing conditions.

“The agricultural community I think would like a few more heat units. These are temps that would accelerate crop growth, but everybody would like to see warmer temps,” he said.

Spoden says in Northern Minnesota, some cities recorded record-low temperatures.

“It certainly has been below normal. The last three weeks in July we have trended normal,” he said.

Sunday was the first time in a while that the high temperature was above the normal high.

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