August Leans Dry

August is the driest of the three principle months of summer.  June is the wettest with July sandwiched in between.  In eastern North Dakota the average rain in August is approximately two point five inches.  That is about one point five inches less than June.  With lesser amounts of rainfall, august has a tendency to be sunnier than June or July.   With the increase in sunshine in combination with the lower rainfall amounts, in turn, August is often a month when this area will tend to dry off and we look toward the sky hoping for a thunderstorm.  So far this summer has supplied us with adequate rain in most areas but that doesn’t necessarily mean August will do the same.

Daryl Ritchison