4/20/15: Cool Week

A quick update this morning as I will be traveling today, but the cool air that moved into the region yesterday will have some staying power.  Temperatures will average between 5° and 10° below average through this weekend, with the coldest days being today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday).

April 21 through April 26, 2015 Projected Temperature Anomaly from Average
April 21 through April 26, 2015 Projected Temperature Anomaly from Average

 

Next week temperatures are expected to improve at least to near average with early projections for the Day 11 through 16 (First week in May) suggest  temperatures near or slightly above average.

May 1 through May 6 Temperature Anomaly from Average
May 1 through May 6 Temperature Anomaly from Average

 

Although temperatures will be cold this week, with a hard freeze (28° or colder) expected at least once this week at most locations with many area recording such temperatures on multiple days, precipitation looks very light during this week.  Therefore instead of mild and dry, North Dakota will shift to cool and dry in the short term.

Precipitation amounts this weekend averaged between 0.25″ and 0.50″ in the eastern part of North Dakota, with minimal amounts in the western part of the state.

April 18 and 19 Rainfall Totals
April 18 and 19 Rainfall Totals

 

Next threat of precipitation of consequence looks to be holding off until at least next week.

Daryl Ritchison