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Frost to record heat in 58 hours

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Folks were scratching their heads in southern Minnesota this week. After a bizarre May snow a few weeks ago, the cold weather has persisted with several frosty mornings. The week started off with Sunday frost before a mammoth warm up set records. The temperature at Minneapolis/St Paul was 34 degrees Sunday morning. By Tuesday morning the temperature jumped up to 98 hot degrees. A 64-degree warm up in just 58 hours. The temperature difference was even more extreme in nearby cities. Mankato started off Sunday morning with a freezing 30 degrees, Tuesday afternoon brought a high of 100. That is a 70-degree warm up, but the biggest warm up came during the day on Tuesday. In just about 8 hours, Mankato warmed up from a morning low of 52 to a high of 100 later that afternoon. If you do the math that is a 48 degree warm up in just 8 hours. So in other words the temperature was warming up about 1 degree every 10 minutes on average all day long. However, the temperature was warming up about 1 degree every 3 minutes around 9:20am in the morning.

The heat was caused by a strong push of hot weather coming over the Rocky Mountains. As the hot air was compressed down the mountain ridge it dried the air out even more and heated up the air mass significantly as it moved across the northern plains. This in combination with a lot of sunshine and a dry couple of weeks allowed the wild temperature swing. Several observations recorded a high of 102 degrees on Tuesday afternoon. That is the first time the state has observed 100-degree weather this early in the year and it all came just a little over 2 days after a frost and freeze.

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