The Day Before The Day After Tomorrow?

Update on Cold August and Summer 2004 in Saint Cloud

Last Updated: Friday, December 31, 2004 11:01 AM

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There have been no daily cold records since Saturday, August 21. On that morning, August 21, the Saint Cloud Municipal Airport tied the all-time August record cold low with a low temperature of 33°F. The only other August day to get this cold was August 31, 1974. While frost was noted in much of central, northeastern, and north central Minnesota, there was no official frost at the Saint Cloud Airport. The earliest recorded frost in Saint Cloud history was September 1, 1974 when the temperature dropped to 29°F.

While Saint Cloud tied its all-time August coldest low, Hibbing (low of 27°F) broke its August record cold low on Saturday morning. Embarrass also dropped to 20°F, setting yet another statewide record. Earlier this month, International Falls set an August record cold high temperature, the first time that an August high didn't reach 50°F in recorded history.

Through the morning of Sunday, August 22, Saint Cloud has set or tied 8 record cool temperatures on five different days in August so far: 7 daily temperature records and one monthly temperature record. This makes a total of 12 record cool temperatures on 9 days in July and August.

The cause of the cold July and August has been a persistent high from Alaska through the West Coast states. While this pattern has set up very warm temperatures from Alaska and British Columbia into Arizona, it has kept a persistent north to northwest steering current from the Arctic Ocean into the Canadian Prairie Provinces and the Northern Plains States. In June, we had breaks in the cool pattern, so we had some warm, humid, and rainy periods, but those breaks from the northwest flow have been few and far between in July and August.

Record Temperatures in August 2004
Temperature(°F)
Date
Old Record
August Record Cold High
33 (tied record)
August 21
August 31, 1974
Daily Record Cold High
57
August 10
66 in 1994
Daily Record Cold Average
54
August 10
57 in 1903
56 (tied record)
August 11
1964
51
August 20
53 in 1950
52
August 21
53 in 1923
Daily Record Cold Low
37
August 19
40 in 1950,1967
33
August 21
42 in 1923
All Daily July Records
All Daily August Records

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Cold August Temperatures
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Through the first 30 days of August, the average August Saint Cloud temperature from the National Weather Service in Chanhassen has been 62.1°F (average high of 73.5°F and an average low of 50.7°F). This is 5.4°F cooler than normal to date. It appears certain that August 2004 will beat August 1992 for the second coolest August in Saint Cloud records and the coolest in 118 years. However, August 1886 will retain its place as the coolest August in Saint Cloud history.

AUGUST (122 Years; Average = 68.2°F; Standard Deviation = 2.8°F)

WARMEST

COLDEST

Rank

Temperature

Year

Rank

Temperature

Year

1

77.1°F

1900

1

59.1°F

1886

Complete 10 Coldest/Warmest Months
So far
this Aug.
62.1°F
August 1-30,
2004

2

75.2°F

1947

2

63.2°F

1992

3

75.0°F

1937

3

63.3°F

1977

4

73.4°F

1983

4

63.5°F

1974

5

73.2°F

1938

5

63.6°F

1903

6

73.0°F

1930

6

63.8°F

1985

7

72.6°F

1969

7

63.9°F

1986

8(tie)

72.3°F

1909

8(tie)

64.4°F

1927

8(tie)

72.3°F

1913

8(tie)

64.4°F

1950

10

72.1°F

1881

10

64.7°F

1994

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The continued cool weather through Monday has maintained the 2004 average meteorological summer (June 1 - August 31) temperature at 64.3°F (average high of 75.2°F and an average low of 53.3°F). We do have the potential for a warmer-than-normal day today (see my latest forecast) but we should hang on to 4th place today.

Ironically, some of the warmest weather this warm season may occur Wednesday through Friday after meteorological summer ends!

SUMMER (122 Years; Average = 68.2°F; Standard Deviation = 2.1°F)

WARMEST

COLDEST

Rank

Temperature

Year

Rank

Temperature

Year

1

72.7°F

1933

1

62.7°F

1992

2

72.6°F

1900

2

63.3°F

1886

3

72.1°F

1921

3

63.8°F

1915

Complete 10 Coldest/Warmest Seasons

So far this summer

64.3°F

June 1 - Aug. 29, 2004

4(tie)

72.0°F

1936

4

64.4°F

1945

4(tie)

72.0°F

1988

5

64.5°F

1985

4(tie)

72.0°F

1894

6
64.6°F
1958

7

71.7°F

1931

7

65.0°F

1927

8

71.4°F

1887

8

65.1°F

1884

9

71.3°F

1930

9(tie)

65.2°F

1903

10

71.1°F

1932

9(tie)

65.2°F

1951

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