You may recall in this blog earlier in the year I mention that new climate normals, usually referenced as averages were just released. All climate averages are based on the last thirty years in whole decades. In other words, new normals are released once a decade in the years ending in a one. Because of this, many individuals have asked me if NDAWN, the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network is using these new averages. The answer is no. NOAA didn’t release the new set of climate in time to integrate them for this growing season, so NDAWN will use the old normals until later this year before changing them. In this way the same normals will be used through the entire growing season.