The summer of 2017 ranked as the 19th driest on record for the state of North Dakota based on data from the National Centers of Environmental Information (NCEI). The southwestern portion of the state had the lowest ranking as the 7th driest and southeastern north Dakota had the highest ranking as the 36th driest. This past summer pushed 2012, the last dry summer into 20th place for the driest on record. Another comparison would be 1988 which remains as the 6th driest summer on record for the state. Records for such statistics go back to 1895. The driest summer on record for North Dakota may surprise you, as it occurred in 1929, not 1936 as is often guessed.