Autumnal Equinox

The autumnal equinox occurs tomorrow, the day that the Sun’s direct rays will be directly over the equator.  With North Dakota situated between 46 and 49 degrees north of the equator, this means that the shadows of an object are now longer than the object casting the shadow.  In addition, the amount of potential evaporation… Read more Autumnal Equinox

Finishing September

The rest of September look cool in the sense of normal to below normal temperatures.  Meaning, that the month as a whole will probably finish close to average in southeastern North Dakota and probably below average elsewhere in the state.  The current pattern we are in looks to favor below average temperature in October.   A… Read more Finishing September

September is Here

September is upon us and that means some big changes are coming.  By the end of the month much of this area will likely record the first frost and potentially the first hard freeze of the season ending our growing season.  The average high and low will drop about 15 degrees, or another way of… Read more September is Here

September 2014 Weather Summary

Precipitation: There were pockets of above average rainfall during September 2014, especially in western North Dakota, but a high percentage of the state recorded below normal precipitation during the month (see image below).  Using data from the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network (NDAWN), the statewide average precipitation for September 2014 was 1.30 inches.  That is… Read more September 2014 Weather Summary