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Where is spring? 'May-tober' has been extra dreary

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Coats are on and umbrellas are handy – the weather this month hasn't just seemed drearier and cooler than normal, it has been, weather statistics show.

The average high temperature for the month of May is about 69 degrees, according to the Weather Channel. To start the month, Minnesotans went nearly a week without seeing the sun. And, despite a handful of days, we've seen temperatures in the 50s and 60s, topped with overcast skies and thunderstorms.

Now, are you ready for a real "Debbie downer" moment? We may go an entire month without breaking 70 degrees in the Twin Cities.

The National Weather Service says temperatures may not get above 70 until sometime next week. The last time Minneapolis enjoyed a glorious 70-degree day was April 20.

Now for "positive Patty's" take on the dreary month: At least it's not snowing – and the grass is looking exceptionally green.

On MPR News' Updraft blog, Paul Huttner referred to this month as "May-tober," saying the forecasted high for the Twin Cities on Tuesday was 58 degrees. The average high for Oct. 17 in the Twin Cities? You guessed it – 58 degrees.

Though, is it really surprising? One of the coldest and snowiest winters on record did just come to a close. And if you're comparing this year's weather to two years ago – well, just don't.

The National Weather Service says the last six months have been the 10th coolest on record in the Twin Cities, while two years ago it was the warmest on record. In comparison, Nome, Alaska is seeing its warmest period on record, while two years ago it was the sixth coldest.

The cool weather is expected to last until at least the end of the work week with temperatures in the 50s and overnight lows in the upper 30s and 40s, with the possibility of frost in some areas, Huttner says.

As for the weekend, start your lawnmowers – there's no rain in the forecast.

The weather service is predicting 60-degree temperatures for the Twin Cities this weekend, but KARE 11 is a little more optimistic – forecasting sun and 70 degrees on Sunday, which is the average for that date.

The weather this month hasn't just depleted our vitamin D levels, it's also dampened business in the state.

The chilly weather has hindered nursery sales at one Rochester business.

"Business is fine, but it certainly could be better. When it's 65 and 70 (degrees) out, the parking lot is packed. When it's 50, not so much," Scott Moon, the manager at Sargents on Second Street, told the Rochester Post Bulletin.

The rainy month also has farmers racing to plant their crops between rain storms and has others changing their planting plans altogether.

There's a chance for rain in the forecast, but nothing like we've experienced as of late. Here's a glimpse of the forecast around the state:

Twin Cities: Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, high near 57. Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers, partly sunny with a high near 53. Friday: Mostly sunny, high near 55. Saturday: Mostly sunny, high near 60. Sunday: Sunny, high near 66. Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 66.

Duluth: Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers, high near 52. Thursday: A 30 percent chance of rain, high near 49. Friday: Mostly sunny, high near 51. Saturday: Mostly sunny, high near 57. Sunday: Sunny, high near 61. Monday: Chance of showers, high near 58.

Moorhead: Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers after 1 p.m., high near 52. Thursday: Mostly sunny, high near 55. Friday: Sunny, high near 57. Saturday: Sunny, high near 63. Sunday: Mostly sunny, high near 66. Monday: A chance of showers, high near 64.

Mankato: Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m., high near 60. Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers, high near 54. Friday: Mostly sunny, high near 55. Saturday: Sunny, high near 61. Sunday: Sunny, high near 66. Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 67.

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