7/7/15: A Return to “Normal”.

After high temperatures only reached the mid 60s to the lower 70s yesterday, the minimums this morning were near the record levels in some locations.

Maximums July 6, 2015
Maximums July 6, 2015

Three North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network (NDAWN) stations recorded lows in the 30s this morning.  With Ada reporting 37°, Bottineau 38° and Brampton coming in with a minimum of 39°.  The NDAWN station in Fargo reported a low of 44°, but the airport (KFAR) recorded a low of 42° which was only 1° off the record of 41° set in 1908.  The Grand Forks Airport reported a low of 43° which did set a new minimum record for that location as the old record was 44° last recorded in 2004.  The NDAWN station just south of Grand Forks was even cooler with a low of 42°

July 7, 2015 Minimums
July 7, 2015 Minimums

The rest of the day will continue the trend for below average temperatures, albeit, a bit warmer than those maximums from yesterday.   Maximums this afternoon are expected to be in the low to middle 70s.

July 7, 2015 Maximum Projection
July 7, 2015 Maximum Projection

After today, warmer air will be slowly advecting back into the region.  This transition to warmer air will also come with a threat of thunderstorms.   Western North Dakota can expected some hit and miss activity as soon as this afternoon with those storms in turn slowly moving into eastern North Dakota later tonight into tomorrow morning.

projected radar for July 7, 2015 from HRRR guidance (High Resolution Rapid Refresh)
projected radar for July 7, 2015 from HRRR guidance (High Resolution Rapid Refresh)

It appears this disturbance will clear the NDAWN mesonet coverage area by late tomorrow.  Even with some clouds associated with the thunderstorms, the maximums on Wednesday will continue the slow weekly climb with projected temperatures tomorrow afternoon in the 75° to 80° range.  Then Thursday through the weekend most location recorded maximums in the 80s with even some localized 90° occurring.

Wednesday Maximums
Wednesday Maximums

Besides the hit and miss activity later tonight into tomorrow, the next threat for rain would come this weekend (probably Saturday Night or Sunday).  Temperatures next week will probably trend cooler although, not nearly as cool as what the region is experiencing these past couple of days.  Overall, a promising forecast for agricultural and recreation more often than note once we get beyond our current cool snap.

Daryl Ritchison