Spring is Done

Spring by definition for climate statistics is from March 1 through May 31.  This past spring was very wet for some areas, like the northern Red River Valley to pretty average across central North Dakota. The rain from last weekend pushed Fargo into the Top 10 wettest on record.  If you look back at history,… Read more Spring is Done


As we all know, rain does not fall evenly across the region.  One of my favorite examples of this was a thunderstorm that passed over parts of Fargo Moorhead a few years ago.  My backyard in south Fargo recorded over 3 inches of rain.  That rain then extended into southern Moorhead.  The streets in my… Read more Variable

Weekend Blizzard

The Weekend blizzard in the central plains and heavy rain storm is still a factor in the Ohio River Valley.  The wrap a round moisture from that storm will bring yet another round of fairly heavy rain in portions of Illinois and Indiana.  Plus, that region will experience well below average temperatures.  The combination of… Read more Weekend Blizzard

#Replant 17

The big storm that impacted much of the central part of the United States missed North Dakota with the exception of the extreme southeast corner of the state.  Campbell Minnesota for example, just southeast of Wahpeton picked up about one-third of an inch from that storm, but around Wahpeton/Breckenridge there was either 0 precipitation detected… Read more #Replant 17

Still Wet

With March to this point below average, the question I get frequently is what type of temperatures do you expect in April.  For several months now I have projected March and April to finish below average for temperatures and looking forward, I think there will be more below average days than above average days for… Read more Still Wet

Localized Heavy

On Monday morning (August 1, 2016) a couple of thunderstorms developed near Devils Lake and slowly moved to the east south east.  Once near McVille, ND the storms paused and remained stationary for a couple of hours dumping over 3 inches of rain in a fairly small location.  Many of you keep asking why is… Read more Localized Heavy

A Rainy “Month”

Some parts of northeastern North Dakota has recorded nearly a foot of rain in the past 30 days.  Last year that same approximate area had localized areas record around 10 inches of rain.  In other words, 2015 and 2016 has been exceptionally wet, especially in portions of northeastern North Dakota during the late spring and… Read more A Rainy “Month”

Rising Rivers

The two to three inches of rain that fell to the south of Fargo, in combination with the already saturated ground has rivers in the Red River Valley on the rise.  Below are some of the current projections (expect changes).  More hydrographs can be found here: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=fgf           Daryl Ritchison