Dry conditions continue to plague much of Minnesota, with seasonal rainfall far below normal. The problem is most severe in the northwestern part of the state, where farm fields are crying for much-needed moisture.
Brush fires over the last two days have shown just how dry it is around Minnesota. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 90 percent of the state is under a moderate drought.
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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.
With 12 days left in the year, we could be looking at a climate record. This year in Minnesota is wrapping up as one of the warmest years on record, according to Assistant State Climatologist Pete Boulay.
We did it! We broke the 100 degrees barrier for the first time in five years in the Twin Cities. So how unusual is it to reach 100 degrees here?