Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By CBS 3 Meteorologist Dave Anderson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

July shows signs of warmth taking over our temperatures


When I was a kid in the 70’s, my family made frequent treks from Ely to Litchfield to visit relatives. Midway of that long trip was what is now the Lazy Bear in Barnum so we had many a lunch there back in the day. Just the other day, I got a nostalgic hankering to check the place out again. The layout is a little different than 45 years ago but Marie and Reece did a great job of providing a great meal while we kept an eye on the fishing action on Bear Lake. Kudos to those two for working in a hot kitchen on a hot day because I visited them during the height of the warm spell that broke the back of the 2019 cold snap.

Things started to go back to the mild side of life when that warm spell began in late June. By the end of that month, we turned up 1.6 degrees warmer than normal according to the records kept at the NWS Duluth office. Now that 2019 is half over, two months have been warmer than normal and six have been cooler than normal. Year to date departure from normal mean temperature now stands at -1.3 degrees.

This July, the long range forecast for 2019 indicates we'll be one degree warmer than normal on average. Rain may total one inch more than normal.

The 1st to the 7th should be warm and stormy. The 8th to the 17th should be warm but dry. The 18th to the 24th should be clear and cool. The 25th to the 31st should be rainy and mild.

For those looking for some summer style heat before winter descends upon us again, the extra long range forecast looks like this: for heat, warm spells are possible late July and early to mid-August. But September and October will return to near normal temperatures.


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