Weather: With August having wrapped-up, it is time to look back at how the month stacked-up against previous Augusts at some locations across the area where they keep climatology data.
In Alexandria, the average temperature was 69.5 degrees for the month. This was .8 degrees above average.
For St. Cloud, the average temperature during August was 71.4 degrees for the month. This was 3.2 degrees above average.
The warmest day in Alexandria was 83 degrees recorded for both Aug. 22, and Aug. 24.
The coldest day in Alexandria during the month was 50 degrees Aug. 26.
The warmest day in St. Cloud was Aug. 24, when it hit 89 degrees.
The coldest day in St. Cloud was 51 degrees for Aug. 26.
The total rainfall for the month in Alexandria was 4.83 inches. This was 1.65 inches above normal.
The greatest rainfall during a 24 hour period for Alexandria took place Sunday, Aug. 10, when
1.48 inches of rainfall was reported at the airport.
The total rainfall during the month of August in St. Cloud was 2.77 inches. This was .61 inches below normal.
The greatest rainfall during a 24 hour period in St. Cloud took place Thursday, Aug. 21, when
1.47 inches fell.
By September our average monthly temperature will fall to about 58.6 degrees across the area.
Our average daytime high by mid-September will fall to 66 degrees and our normal low will soon average 46 degrees.
We will soon start seeing the fall colors changing quickly with those kinds of conditions on the horizon. I?Äôll update you on the best places to check out those fall colors in the weeks ahead.
Have a great first week and weekend of September.
Weather history: On this date in 1974 it was a chilly morning across the area as temperatures fell into the 20s and 30s for overnight lows. Alexandria had a record low of 34 degrees.
Weather fact: Autumn can bring strong winds and a lots of rain across the Midwest.
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low 56 High 80
Duluth Low 53 High 77
Central Minn. Low 56 High 80
Twin Cities Low 60 High 83
Rochester Low 56 High 82
Marshall Low 58 High 82
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, 50-percent chance of showers/thunderstorms. High 80 Low 66 Wind: SW 5-15 mph Prec. .10?Äù-.50?Äù
Monday?Äôs sunrise, Sept. 1:
Monday?Äôs sunset: 7:55 p.m.
Normal High: 74
Normal Low: 54
A fairly quiet weather pattern for much of this week, but we will see some thunderstorms likely for Wednesday: Cool Canadian high pressure is projected to move in for the weekend. Temperatures will be near ?Äúnormal?Äù for much of the week. We should cool off by the weekend with highs in the 60s.
Thursday: Partly cloudy 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly early. High 77 low 52, winds SE/SW 10-15 mph prec. .10?Äù-.40?Äù
Friday: Partly cloudy, 20-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 68 low 48 winds W/NW 10-15 mph prec. trace-.20?Äù
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 69 low 53 winds NW 10-15 mph prec. none
Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny. High 71 low 56 winds W/SW 10-15>20 mph prec. none.
Two and a half inches of rain was recorded in Kimball during the first 40 minutes of the storm Sunday afternoon, Aug. 31. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.