A Temperature Quiz

A quick quiz for you.  Has 2021 to this point been above, below or near average for temperatures?   I’ll pause as you answer…… Congratulations, you answered correctly.  How do I know what you answered?  Of course, I don’t, but all three answers were correct depending on where exactly you live. Some parts of western North… Read more A Temperature Quiz

Cool Soils

The cool weather this week had definitely kept the soil temperatures down.  Next week with some warmer weather expected the soil temperatures should make a recovery.  How high those soil temperatures will go will depend about the amount of sunshine, any potential additional precipitation and in turn, how moist the soil will be.  The Red… Read more Cool Soils

Soil Temperature Errors

This is the time of year that the soil temperature data from the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, usually referenced as NDAWN, is widely used.   NDAWN has 161 sites, meaning 161 different ways that rodents, the wind and thaw/freeze cycles try to destroy the soil temperature sensors at these stations.  In turn, you may find… Read more Soil Temperature Errors

Warming Soil

Ground temperatures have warmed up with the recent mild temperatures, but considering we are heading toward cooler air and perhaps even well below average temperatures for a time next week, the release of the frost in the ground in most areas is still quite a ways into the future.  As we are all aware of,… Read more Warming Soil


This time of year, of course thoughts move to spring and hoping it will be an early one.  That rarely occurs in our climate.  The snow that many areas got Tuesday, although not much of a storm in most locations by our standards, was a reminder that it is still winter.  Our average high doesn’t… Read more Patience

High Heat

The weekend brought some high heat to western North Dakota, but if you were in the southern Red River Valley, not so much.  My backyard for example only reached 90.5° on both Saturday and Sunday (NDAWN Fargo was 93°), whereas, western North Dakota was 100° or higher, with Williston reaching 108°.  These were the highest… Read more High Heat

Pattern Change

We have experienced over two months of mostly above average temperatures.  In fact, the first half of summer from June 1 through July 15 finished as one of the top 10 warmest in most of the region.  As we all know, long stretches of above or below normal temperature pattern always come to an end… Read more Pattern Change