Clearly the number one topic of conversation lately has been the lack of rain. Even with the high heat from several days ago I was getting more questions about the dry weather than the high temperatures. Granted, some parts of southeastern North Dakota into west central Minnesota recorded some rain early Tuesday morning, yet many parts of the area have recorded little precipitation over the past two to three weeks. These stretches of little precipitation are of course unwelcome but yet a common occurrence in the northern plains. Plus in August, the average precipitation of 2 to 2.5 inches often comes on just a few days with most of the month being dry, meaning, even average this time of year will be dry. Next week looks more promising for rain, but dry continues for now.