June summery but wet
June brought a little more seasonal weather than past months, but heavy rains and other weather issues continued to be a problem for farmers and homeowners.
The temperatures ranged from near freezing with a low of 33 degrees on June 5 to more typical summer temperatures in the 80s throughout much of the second half of the month.
Gusts of wind up to 52 mph were recorded n June 20, also the hottest day last month at 88 degrees. Twenty mph gusts also were listed on June 8 and 9.
Farmers were facing a difficult situation as rain continued throughout the month. That followed a widespread winter kill of alfalfa and other weather problems delaying crop planting.
Crops like corn will lose out on important heat when planted later, according to University of Minnesota Extension.
"The weather has put us in a bind," extension educator on crops Ryan Miller wrote in June.
The alfalfa issue was seen throughout Wisconsin and southern Minnesota, according to the University of Wisconsin Extension.
But June's weather affected more than farmers.
Minnesota officials asked for federal funds for recovery efforts after floods and storms hit the state June 20 to 26.
Director Kris Eide of Homeland Security and Emergency Management on Tuesday asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess damage next week. If the federal agency agrees, it will decide what counties to visit.
If granted, federal aid would be available to state and local governments, as well as some non-profit organizations, for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities in any counties that are designated disaster areas.
The Insurance Federation of Minnesota estimates the recent storms could cost governments and the public around $100 million.
Many Xcel Energy customers also lost power in the company's worst-ever outage, affecting more than half a million in Minnesota and western
June by the numbers
High: 88 degrees on June 20
Low: 33 degrees on June 5
Average daily high: 75.93 degrees
Average daily low: 58.52 degrees
Precipitation: 3.7 inches of rain
Source: U.S. Lock & Dam No. 3, Red Wing Waste Water Treatment Plant