May 1, 2015: Quick Forecast Update

Temperatures to remain above normal through first 10 days of May with the month as a whole will likely finish with above normal temperatures.  Lately the key has been for timing of precipitation events.  There will be a cold frontal passage on Saturday Night into Sunday AM with at least some scattered precipitation foreseen, but like most events in recent months, amounts like light with only small percentage of area receiving anything above 0.25 inches.

As mentioned in a previous blog at this point the periods of May 6-8 and toward the middle of the month, the May 15-20 periods look to be best for more widespread rain.  Those two events, plus probably another toward the latter part of May would give May the best opportunity, especially in eastern North Dakota where it has been the driest in the past several months, to record a month with precipitation totals near average.

Daryl Ritchison