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Minnesota escapes hottest June recorded on Earth

The Upper Midwest really is a cool place to live
The Upper Midwest really is a cool place to live
Source: National Climatic Data Center

The National Climatic Data Center says that the combined global land and ocean average surface temperature of 61.1 degrees for June 2010 was the warmest on record.

But while the rest of the world warmed up, June temperatures were within 2 degrees of normal in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

See, the Upper Midwest really is a cool place to live.

But it's also stormy. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center says there have been 387 preliminary tornado reports during June across the U.S. -- possibly the second most active June on record. Minnesota had a particularly busy month with 67 preliminary tornado reports, besting the previous record of 35 tornadoes during June 2005.

And it's been wet. Most of Iowa, central Illinois, central Indiana, northern Missouri, and parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan received 200 percent or more precipitation than normal.

Minnesota escapes hottest June recorded on Earth
Source: National Climatic Data Center

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