From Flood to Drought?
In a complete turnaround from June, the “wet” areas of Minnesota have been few and far between so far in July. Most of Southwest MN has averaged near 25% of the normal rainfall (or about 1.50 inches below normal) through Saturday the 19th. Soil moisture has now declined to the point that, unless rain falls very soon, prospects will be deteriorating for some crops.
The week ending July 19th averaged about 8 degrees cooler than normal, bringing monthly departures to between three and five degrees below normal across Southwest MN. The return of cooler than normal temperatures expected for the final weekend of July virtually guarantees our coolest July since 2009.