If you look at the final numbers. May finished close to “normal” for both temperatures and precipitation in the state of North Dakota, when taken as a whole. But in typical northern plains fashion, there wasn’t much “normal” during the month. Temperatures were well below average for the first 15 days of the month, then well above normal during the second half of May. Below are departures from “normal” for at our NDAWN sites for May 1-15 and 16-31. The tale of two different months, in the same month.