Rainfall amounts high in May

Minot’s rainfall for May was more than three times higher than a year ago at this time.

“We had rainfall of 6.45 inches for the month,” said Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Extension Center, south of Minot. He said this compares to 1.90 inches of rain for the same period one year ago.

He said in his report on Friday that the total moisture since Jan. 1 was 11.39 inches. “Long-term averages are 5.55 inches of moisture for the same time frame,” he said.

On Friday at 8 a.m., Tarasenko recorded 1.42 inches of rain at the extension center in the past 24 hours. “That brings our total rainfall up to 1.81 inches in the past two days,” he said early Friday morning. Rain continued to fall in Minot on Friday.

On Saturday, the first day of June, at 8 a.m., he recorded .94 of an inch of rain at the extension center in the past 24-hours. That brings the total rainfall since Thursday a.m. to 2.75 inches, Tarasenko said.

Tarasenko records the rainfall and other weather data at 8 a.m. each day..

He said the highest temperature reading was 87 degrees on May 13.

During the month of May, he said the monthly average temperature was 52.5 degrees, which was 1.5 degrees below last year’s average temperatures and 0.8 degrees below the 107-year long-term average at the extension center.

Eloise Ogden