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By CBS 3 Meteorologist Dave Anderson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Warm, wet June may start 2020 summer

Watching Weather


We are almost half way done with the year 2020 already. Some will feel that’s a good thing since this year has rivaled 1918 for pandemic problems and 1965 for civil unrest. Weather unrest has not been much of a problem so far, thankfully.

The temperature trend for 2020 this far along has ranged from a low of 2.4 degrees below mean for April to plus 5.9 degrees in January. May was 0.2 degrees warmer than normal according to the stats compiled by National Weather Service Duluth. Rain for May was 2.3 inches below normal. That’s good news for the high lake levels that plague some folks but not such a good deal for the wildland fire danger that keeps bubbling up out there.

This June may have the solution to the fire risk because even though the month may average four degrees warmer than normal, rain may come up two to four inches more than normal.

June 1 to 10 may be rainy and cool but a warmer period that could trigger thunderstorms will be with us from June 11 to 20. The month could then finish hot and dry from June 21 to 30.

The Old Farmers’ Almanac tells us that much of the summer will be warmer and wetter than normal. And, that could spill into autumn as well with a forecast for September and October that calls for above normal temperatures but below normal rain. n


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