The National Centers of Environmental Information recently released data suggesting that the period from September through February was the driest on record in North Dakota and around the tenth driest in South Dakota and Minnesota.  The interesting thing is I have gone through many long-term climate sites in North Dakota and the only station I could find with that period being the driest on record was in Grand Forks.  Elsewhere, several sites were in the top 10 driest and in the southeastern part of the state in the top 20.  I’m not saying it hasn’t been dry, clearly everyone has been well below average, but I found that particular statistical analysis from the climate center interesting.

Daryl Ritchison