Remaining Dry

Although the lack of moisture this time of year can go unnoticed by many, November has been quite dry across most of North Dakota just like October was.  The one big exception was northeastern North Dakota where one snow event in particular will place this month very near average for moisture.  Winter average precipitation is around 2” in the Red River Valley to just over an inch in far western North Dakota.  This means that most locations average about 1 thunderstorm worth of precipitation from December through February.  Meaning, it is hard to catch up on dry in the winter, meaning spring rain/snow tends to be the most important to end the dry.