Perception

Weather statistics can be looked at from many directions.  For example, the recent rains have pushed several North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, or NDAWN, stations to near or even above average for precipitation this summer.  If someone was going to look at just the seasonal totals several years from now, would they think this summer has been dry?  Perhaps not, meaning, the season total, or even a yearly total doesn’t always represent the actual conditions very well.  Living in the middle of the continent, our climate often brings much of our moisture is big bursts, meaning, long term averages and perceptional reality are often different.

Daryl Ritchison