July 2nd, 2015 8:45 AM by Joan Rusco
“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…” ~from George
Gershwin’s 1935 Opera “Porgy and Bess”.
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
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.
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
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.
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?
take Minnesota, North Dakota or Wisconsin where truly, in the summertime, the
“livin’ is easy”!
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