A Look back at a Record Setting Summer

By KBJR News 1

November 24, 2010 Updated Nov 24, 2010 at 9:40 AM CST


It was quite a summer...with many days of above average temperatures and more rain than many areas could handle.
Tonight Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look back at the extreme weather we had across the Northland this past summer.

"It was a shock. We had hoped that it wouldn't come over the bank but eventually all of a sudden it did and the front yard was covered with water", said Charles Keffer; Lake Front Property Owner.

It was a wacky summer for many of our Northwestern Wisconsin neighbors.

In early June there was an extreme drought in Wisconsin and Michigan. But as the summer progressed those areas ended up with major flooding.

"Mother Nature does what she wants to, and you do take care of your things the best that you can and then you hope for the best", said Tuula Harris; Lake Front Property Owner.

Residents say the seven and a half mile long Lake Saint Croix rose nearly forty inches from April to May.
Add in an August that saw huge downpours, and you have some pretty soggy areas.

"By Late summer we had some tremendous thunderstorms that moved across the Northland especially Northern Wisconsin that dropped anywhere from four to eight inches of rain in a very short period of time", said Carol Christenson. Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

In fact Northwestern Wisconsin received more rain in a matter of three months than that part of the state normally receives in a year.
In a normal year, precipitation is closer to 30 inches.

Heavy rainfall was a theme across the Northland. June brought record amounts of rain to Solon Springs and Gordon, Wisconsin.

Summertime rain totals climbed to a whopping 38 inches in Winter, Wisconsin and over 24 inches in Duluth.
And there were some other weather records set this summer as well.
Overall temperatures were well above average and Lake Superior reached a record high of 68.3 degrees Fahrenheit.

"June had about normal temperatures but by the time we got into July and August temperatures ranged from two to four degrees above normal",said Christenson.

The warmest day was August ninth when the thermometer hit 90 degrees.
Overall, Duluth saw the eighth warmest summer on record with every day in July reaching 70 degrees or higher.
In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands NewsCenter.

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