Holy Cow! First Weeks of June Were Hottest Ever in Rochester
If you thought it seemed a little early in the summer for all this extreme heat and humidity in Minnesota, boy were you right!
That's because according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the first two weeks of June in Minnesota (and here in Rochester) were the hottest ever recorded. Ever. And seeing as the Med City was officially incorporated 163 years ago, back in 1858, that's pretty hot!
Now, we're used to getting dealing with extended heatwaves with high temperatures in the upper 90's along with high dew points and high humidity here in Minnesota, but they usually happen in late July-- not in early June, like this year.
And, it HAS been hot so far this June. Rochester had two days where we set a new record for warmest high temperatures since June 1st, and we hit 90 degrees 7 times during that period as well. Heck, last Thursday, the thermometer in our backyard hit 101, and though that's an unofficial temperature, that's pretty warm-- especially when you consider that our average high temperatures for the first two weeks of June (according to the National Weather Service) are in the mid to upper 70's.
ABC-6 Chief Meteorologist Chris Kuball noted how hot our first two weeks of June have been, and also noted that we could see average temperatures the rest of the month, and thanks to our unusually warm start, June would likely STILL be one of the top 10 warmest ever in southeast Minnesota.
Plus, it hasn't just been hot these past two weeks, it's also been dry. Like bone dry. As in zero precipitation. And, as Chris noted, that's something that hasn't happened here in Rochester in nearly 30 years. The last time we had no precipitation during the first part of June was back in 1992, and before that, in 1988.
And while our recent hot, dry weather hasn't been what farmers in Minnesota need to get those crops off to a good start, it hasn't been a disaster...yet. (Hopefully, we'll get some rain soon!) But keep scrolling to check out the 50 most expensive weather disasters that HAVE already happened recently!