From December 1 through February 28, average precipitation in this area is only around 2” in eastern North Dakota and only around 1.5 inches in western North Dakota.  Snow amounts almost always get the most attention, but it is the liquid within the snow that is the most important when it comes to climate.  Put another way, the average winter precipitation is about the equivalent of one good thunderstorm.  Meaning, that this recent stretch of minimal moisture is quite common in the northern plains.   In the summer we get a lot of our seasonal rain from one or two thunderstorms, in the winter, often times from one or two snow storms.

Daryl Ritchison