Although this month will finish well below average, it will also probably finish well below average for precipitation as well. Most cooler than average periods from March through October in the northern plains tend to be wetter than normal periods. This is because the clouds associated with the precipitation tends to keep temperatures below normal. Of course in the winter, the clear sky periods tends to be cooler than average. But this month having a late snow pack, the first part of April acted more like late winter than spring and temperatures were cold with precipitation being scarce. The pattern has been active, just not locally, so anyone worried about dry, shouldn’t be.