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June Statistics Don't Really Show Cool, Wet Weather

Saint Cloud Weather Summary for June 2011

To those of us living through it, June 2011 in Saint Cloud was mostly a continuation of the frustrating cool and wet weather that had dominated parts of April and May. However, because of intense heat early and late, temperatures ended up being near normal. Because a line of thunderstorms that produced flooding in much of St. Cloud was in a narrow band, it mostly missed the St. Cloud Airport, keeping rainfall totals down.

Near Normal Temperatures Despite A Long Drought of 80-Degree Highs

The average temperature for the month at the St. Cloud Regional Airport was 65.3 degrees, 0.2 degrees warmer than normal. This is despite a streak of 21 days (June 8-28) in which high temperatures did not reach 80 degrees. That was longer than any June streak without an 80-degree through 1997.

However, an intense heat blast of two days on June 6-7 produced a pair of 90+ degree highs, including the high of 101 degrees on June 7, the third earliest 100-degree high in the season. The only earlier 100-degree-plus highs were set in May: 100 degrees on May 28, 1934, and 105 degrees on May 31, 1934.

These 100-degree highs are rare events in St. Cloud. Yesterday was only the 59th day since 1896 that the temperature has hit 100 degrees. Only 10 of those days have occurred since 1950. Seven of those 10 days in the second half of the 20th century happened during the hot summer of 1988.

That 101 degree high temperature destroyed the June 7 record high temperature of 96 degrees, set in 2004. It was also the hottest temperature seen in St. Cloud since the 101 degree high on July 31, 2006. The last temperature at St. Cloud that was warmer was the 102 degrees set on July 31, 1988. The 101 high was also a degree short of the hottest June temperature on record: 102 degrees on June 24, 1988, and June 28, 1931. To see a temperature hotter than 102 degrees, you have to go back more than 60 years August 10, 1947, the last time St. Cloud hit 103 degrees.

This was the third earliest 100 degree temperature of the year in St Cloud records. would be the third earliest triple-digit high temperature on record. There has never been a 100-degree high in June earlier than June 28, but there have been two So, yesterday had the earliest triple digit high of the past 75 years.

Temperatures were as hot as 103 at the Twin Cities International Airport, breaking a record. Eau Claire also set a new record high with 100 degrees.

June 7's high temperature was part of a "triple play" of record temperatures. The low of 69 tied the June 7 record warm low set in 1959 and 1968. The average temperature (average of high and low) was 85 degrees, breaking the record warm average temperature for June 7. The old record was 82 degrees, set in 2004.

During the following 21 days, the high temperature was never warmer than 78 degrees and did not reach 70 degrees on 5 days. However, St. Cloud finished the month with heat advisories as temperatures broke 90 for the third time of the month and the fourth time during the summer on June 30. That day included a low above 70 degrees. While St. Cloud averages 11-12 days with a high of at least 90 degrees, we experience only 3 days with a low of at least 70 degrees per year.

Airport Misses Flooding Rains of June 21, Ends Up With Below Normal June Rainfall

The St. Cloud Regional Airport picked up only 2.87 inches of rain in June, 1.64 inches less than normal for the month. The main reason for this apparent shortfall is that the Airport mostly missed the heavy afternoon rain storm on June 21.

Between 4 and 5 PM on June 21, a slow moving line of thunderstorms moved from the southeast into a northwest-southeast line through Waite Park and western and central St. Cloud, but only sideswiped the east side. The St. Cloud Municipal Airport only reported 0.06 inch during the afternoon between 4 and 7 PM, but the SCSU rain gauge picked up 2.33 inches. A severe weather spotter also noted 2 inches of rainfall just south of Hasty in only 12 minutes.

Since there were also heavy showers and thunderstorms earlier that morning, SCSU picked up a total of 2.74 inches of rain in 24 hours, the 11th heaviest rainfall in the 20 years of SCSU rain reports and the heaviest since last year's 3.16 inches on August 12-13. Because the storm was so slow-moving, there was another rainy day to come on June 22, which dumped .86 inch on the Airport, tying the June 22 record rainfall. The St. Cloud Airport did end up with 1.40 inches of rain during June 21-23, but SCSU had a total of 3.48 inches during those three days, part of the swath of 1 1/2 to 3 inch rainfalls that cut from Benton through much of eastern and southern Stearns County during the week of June 21-27.

This band of thunderstorms also produced a brief tornado touchdown in Blaine and Coon Rapids.

Since SCSU got the heavy rain, its June total rainfall was nearly double the Airport reading with 5.36 inches.

In frequency of rain events, June slowed down from the spring pace. There were 11 days with measurable rainfall in St. Cloud during June and 7 days with at least 0.10 inch of rainfall. Those are normal frequencies for the rain amounts. Still, because of the near record pace of light rainfalls during the year so far, the 69 days in 2011 so far with measurable precipitation is the 6th highest total in St. Cloud records. The 36 days with at least 0.10 inch of rainfall is the 7th highest total in St. Cloud records. The frequent rainfall had kept area fields wet with 50% of all topsoil in Minnesota ranked with surplus moisture as of the June 27 report.

While rainfall was frequent, severe weather was fortunately a lot more rare than last year. The state of Minnesota set a tornado record during the year with a record outbreak of 48 tornadoes on June 17, including 3 EF-4 tornadoes.

 

    June 2011 Statistics

Temperatures (°F)
June 2011
Normal
Average High Temperature (°F)
76.0
77.3
Average Low Temperature (°F)
54.7
52.9
Mean Temperature for June (°F)
65.2
65.1
June Extremes
Temperature(°F)
Date
Warmest High Temperature for June 2011 (°F)
101 (broke record; see below)
June 7
Coldest High Temperature for June 2011 (°F)
62
June 22
Warmest Low Temperature for June 2011 (°F)
71
June 30
Coldest Low Temperature for June 2011 (°F)
43
June 12
Record Temperatures in June 2011
Temperature(°F)
Date
Old Record
Daily Record Warm High Temperature
101
June 7
96 in 2004
Daily Record Warm Mean Temperature
85
June 7
82 in 2004
Daily Record Warm Low Temperature
69 (tied record)
June 7
69 in 1959, 1968
Temperature Thresholds
Number of Days
Normal
June 2011 Days with High Temperatures >= 90°F
3
2.16
June 2011 Days with Low Temperatures >= 70°F
1
0.40
June 2011 Days with Low Temperatures >= 75°F
0
0.11
Precipitation (in)
June 2011
Normal
June 2010 St. Cloud Municipal Airport (Official Site) Rainfall (in)
2.87
4.51
June 2011 SCSU Rainfall
5.36
 
2011 Growing Season (April 1-June 30) Rainfall (in)
10.53
10.66
2011 Total Precipitation (Jan 1-June 30) (in)
14.40
12.46
June Extremes
Precipitation (in)
Date
Most Daily Precipitation in June 2011
0.86 (tied record; see below)
June 22
Record Precipitation in June 2011
Precipitation (in)
Date
Old Record
Daily Rainfall Record
0.86 inch
June 22
Tied record set in 1907
Precipitation Thresholds
Number of Days
Normal
June 2011 Days with Measurable (>= 0.01 inch) Precipitation
11
10.9
Jan-Jun 2011 Days with Measurable (>= 0.01 inch) Precipitation
69
50.1
June 2011 Days with >= 0.10 inch Precipitation
7
7.3
Jan-Jun 2011 Days with >= 0.10 inch Precipitation
36
26.8
June 2011 Days with >= 0.25 inch Precipitation
4
5.1
June 2011 Days with >= 0.50 inch Precipitation
2
2.9
June 2011 Days with >= 1.00 inch Precipitation
0
1.2
Saint Cloud Hottest Annual Temperatures (1988-2011)
Year
Hottest High (°F)
Date
Days with High >= 97°F
1988
102°F
June 24, July 31
13
(7 days with >= 100°F)
1989
98°F
August 4
1
1990
101°F
July 3
1
1991
95°F
July 18
0
1992
92°F
June 12, August 9
0
1993
90°F
August 10
0
1994
95°F
June 14
0
1995
97°F
June 17, July 13
2
1996
96°F
June 28
0
1997
95°F
June 23
0
1998
94°F
May 18
0
1999
98°F
July 30
2
2000
94°F
June 9
0
2001
98°F
August 6, 7
4
2002
95°F
June 30, July 6
0
2003
96°F
August 24
0
2004
96°F
June 30
0
2005
98°F
June 23
1
2006
101°F
July 31
5
2007
96°F
August 10
0
2008
91°F
June 6, 11, August 18
0
2009
92°F
May 20
0
2010
94°F
May 24
0
June 2011
101°F
June 7
1

 

St Cloud Precipitation Days: January Through June (1896-2011)
Measurable Precipitation (>= 0.01 inch)
Precipitation >= 0.10 inch
Rank
Days
Year
Rank
Days
Year
1
78
1979
1
41
1916
2
77
1975
2(tie)
40
1906
3
75
1963
2(tie)
40
1914
4
73
1941
2(tie)
40
1975
5
70
1951
5
38
1938
6
69
2011
6
37
1991
7
67
1977
7(tie)
36
1920
8
66
1993
7(tie)
36
1953
9
3 tied with 65
7(tie)
36
1977
10
7(tie)
36
2011

 

 

 

 



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