July 2017

July continued the recent pattern with western North Dakota recording temperatures above average and eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota recording temperatures close to average.  Part of that is associated with the drier soils in the west, but also, it has just been warmer in western North Dakota than other locations based on the weather pattern that has been in place for the base few months.  Precipitation wise, a high percentage of the region recorded below average rainfall and in many instances well below with much of North Dakota receiving less than 50% of the normal rainfall for the month making July the fourth straight dry month for the northern plains.


Daryl Ritchison