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Coldest summer in 17 years keeps severe weather away; a little hail Sunday

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River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

It's the coldest summer in 17 years in parts of Wisconsin - and the National Weather Service says we're going through an El Nino-type weather pattern.

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The average temperature this summer in La Crosse was just 68 degrees through the end of July. That's four degrees cooler than normal.

It has also reduced the number of thunderstorms we've had, even though parts of Wisconsin had some boomers overnight.

Hail fell in Roberts, La Crosse and Pittsville. North central areas got up to two-inches of rain. And parts of central and southwest Wisconsin remained under a severe thunderstorm watch until 6 a.m. today.

A low-pressure system is moving across Wisconsin, bringing a chance of more rain and thunderstorms to most areas. It will all clear out tonight, with partly cloudy skies expected statewide into Friday.

Highs will generally be in the 70s and 80s each day.

But forecasters say the upper-level wind patterns could change by the weekend. And that could bring in above-normal temperatures, along with a better chance of thunderstorms.

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