High Heat Over Memorial Weekend:
May 27-May 29, 2006

In one of the warmer Memorial Weekends in history, hot conditions prevailed over Minnesota on Sunday the 28th and Monday the 29th. The 94 degrees on Memorial Day was the warmest on record in the Twin Cities since Congress set Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in 1971. There were scattered power outages in the Twin Cities, especially in the eastern part of the metro either due to the heat, or the strong south winds that accompanied the heat. The 94 on the 29th also set a record for the highest temperature on that date in the Twin Cities, breaking the old record of 91 that was set in 1934 and again in 1988. There were two warm minimums set as well with 75 degrees on May 28th, breaking the old record of 70 in 1969. The minimum of 74 on the 29th also broke the warm minimum record of 69 from 1895,1934 and 1988. Another warm minimum record was set with a low of 67 on May 24th, breaking the old record of 64 set in 1928.

Listed below are National Weather Service Statements about the records broken due to the heat.


RECORD EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHANHASSEN MN
741 PM CDT SUN MAY 28 2006
...A NEW RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET IN MANKATO MINNESOTA...

A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 97 DEGREES WAS SET IN MANKATO TODAY. 
THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 94 SET MAY 28 1969.

RECORD EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA/GRAND FORKS
745 PM CDT SUN MAY 28 2006

...RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE SET AT GRAND FORKS...
THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE AT THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN GRAND FORKS REACHED 
95 DEGREES. THIS SHATTERS THE RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 91 DEGREES LAST SET ON THIS DATE IN 1988.


RECORD EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA/GRAND FORKS
750 PM CDT SUN MAY 28 2006
...RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE TIED AT FARGO...

THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE AT HECTOR AIRPORT IN FARGO REACHED 97 DEGREES. 
THIS TIES THE RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE LAST SET ON THIS DATE IN 1934.


RECORD EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA/GRAND FORKS
1220 AM CDT MON MAY 29 2006
...RECORD DAILY HIGHEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE SET AT FARGO...

THE MAXIMUM MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AT HECTOR AIRPORT IN FARGO WAS SET FOR MAY 28 AT 71.  
THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 67 LAST SET ON THIS DATE IN 1988.


RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
215 AM CDT TUE MAY 30 2006

...TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET AT ROCHESTER MINNESOTA AND LA CROSSE WISCONSIN ON MEMORIAL DAY...
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE AT THE ROCHESTER AIRPORT MAY 29 WAS 95 DEGREES. THIS ESTABLISHED 
A NEW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORD FOR MAY 29TH. THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR THIS DATE WAS 
94 DEGREES WHICH WAS SET BACK IN  
1934. IN ADDITION...A NEW RECORD WAS SET FOR THE HIGHEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 72...
WHICH BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 65 IN 1991.

THE HIGH TEMPERATURE AT THE LA CROSSE AIRPORT MAY 29 WAS 95 DEGREES. THIS TIED THE 
MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORD FOR MAY 29TH...WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY SET ON THIS DATE BACK IN 
1934. IN ADDITION...A NEW RECORD WAS SET FOR THE HIGHEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 75...
WHICH BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 74 IN 1895.


RECORD EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHANHASSEN MN
0332 AM CDT TUE MAY 30 2006

...RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE SET FOR THE TWIN CITIES...
THE RECORD FOR HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE WAS SET FOR THE TWIN CITIES 
MONDAY WITH AN OBSERVED LOW TEMPERATURE OF 74 DEGREES.  THE PREVIOUS 
RECORD WAS 69 DEGREES...SET IN 1988...1934...AND 1895.


RECORD EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHANHASSEN MN
220 AM CDT MON MAY 29 2006

...SEVERAL TEMPERATURE RECORDS SET ACROSS REGION YESTERDAY...
SUNNY SKIES...PERSISTENT HIGH PRESSURE AND MODERATE SOUTHERLY WINDS
ALL CONTRIBUTED TO A VERITABLE SLEW OF RECORDS FALLING BY THE WAYSIDE
ACROSS SEVERAL SITES ON SUNDAY.

RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE READINGS WERE SET AT THE MINNEAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...
ST CLOUD AND EAU CLAIRE AIRPORTS YESTERDAY.

    LOCATION     OLD RECORD HIGH MINIMUM    NEW RECORD HIGH MINIMUM
MINNEAPOLIS INT.      70  -  1969                     75
ST CLOUD              68  -  1934                     71
EAU CLAIRE            68  -  1969, 1929               72


ADDITIONALLY...
A NEW RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 97 DEGREES WAS SET IN MANKATO YESTERDAY. THIS RETIRED THE OLD RECORD 
OF 94 SET MAY 28 1969.

A NEW RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 95 DEGREES WAS SET IN EAU CLAIRE WISCONSIN ON SUNDAY. THE PREVIOUS 
RECORD HIGH FOR THE DATE WAS 94 DEGREES SET DURING THE DUST BOWL YEAR OF 1934.

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
1112 AM CDT TUE MAY 30 2006

...WARMEST MAY DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE TIED IN ROCHESTER MINNESOTA...
ON MAY 29TH...ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HAD AN AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE OF 84F. THIS TIED 
MAY 31 1934 FOR THE WARMEST DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED DURING THE MONTH OF MAY.

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
914 AM CDT TUE MAY 30 2006
...WARMEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN LA CROSSE DURING THE MONTH OF MAY...

ON MAY 29TH...LA CROSSE REGIONAL AIRPORT HAD A LOW TEMPERATURE OF 75 DEGREES. 
THIS WAS THE WARMEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN LA CROSSE DURING THE 
MONTH OF MAY. THE OLD RECORD WAS 74 DEGREES
SET BACK ON MAY 29 1895. $$


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