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Summertime !

July 2nd, 2015 8:45 AM by Joan Rusco

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…” ~from George Gershwin’s 1935 Opera “Porgy and Bess”.


Summertime is much easier living in the upper Midwest than winter. When you mention Minnesota (or North Dakota or Wisconsin) to someone from elsewhere the first thought on their minds is usually how brutally cold it is in the winter. We need to remind them our summers are among the most mild of summers anywhere in the  country. 


Minnesota and the upper reaches of the midwest experience what the weather folks call “continental climate”. But even within this climate we residents can experience a wide variety of weather.  


Southern Minnesota, say from the  Twin Cities south, falls in the hot humid continental climate zone while the northern two thirds of the state is classified only as warm humid continental climate. Reach into the arrowhead region around Lake Superior and you find yet another climate zone:  cooler in the summer and warmer in the  winter due to the moderating effect of the lake. 


Along with this more mild summer climate comes a region with fewer rainey days than  other parts of the midwest. Minnesota is the driest state in the midwest with only about 35 days of measurable precipitation in the summer months. Rainfall averages 35 inches in the southeast to 20 inches in the northwest.  Tornadoes do happen here.


The upper midwest tornado season stretches form March through November. We’ve already passed through two of the most likely months for such a storm. June is the leading month for tornadoes followed by July, May and August in that order. Compare that with Texas. We average only about two dozen tornadoes a year, those states averages 125! Where would you rather be in the summertime?


We’ll take Minnesota, North Dakota or Wisconsin where truly, in the summertime, the “livin’ is easy”!


We would love to help you make the upper midwest your home. We serve our military veterans with what we believe is the best home mortgage loan product available. We specialize in V.A. home loans. Don’t hesitate to call us at VALoansMN with your home loan  questions.

Posted by Joan Rusco on July 2nd, 2015 8:45 AM


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