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August's Weather Extremes

Alan Raymond
Published: September 3, 2013

Record Heat

Oregon, Mo.

Oregon, Mo.

In this Aug. 28, 2013, photo drought-stressed corn grows on a farm near Oregon, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

  • Oregon, Mo.
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Falcon Heights, Minn.
  • Farmingdale, Ill.

While the South may have had a break from the hot weather, other parts of the country sizzled.  

In the latter part of the month, the Upper Midwest dealt with stifling heat and oppressive humidity.

(MORE:  Midwest Heat Wave: Scorching Temperatures Prompt Early School Dismissals)

Minneapolis, for example, saw nearly a week of temperatures at or above 90 degrees. In three of those days, temperatures soared into the upper 90s. That's a significant departure from the average August high of 80 degrees.

Minnesotans also had a hard time escaping the heat at night. Minneapolis also broke the record for the hottest low for August, as temperatures only bottomed out at 80 degrees for two consecutive nights.  

Fairbanks, Alaska also posted an uncharacteristically warm summer. The city recorded 36 days that were at or above 80 degrees. That's never happened before. Typically for that area of the country, highs are in the upper 60s and low 70s during the summer months.

(MORE: Heat Wave Kills Salmon, Trout in Alaska)

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