July rainfall above long-term average

The amount of rain this month at the North Central Research and Extension Center, just south of Minot, already is over the long-term average for July.

Rainfall so far this month at the center is 2.49 inches, Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the center, reported Monday. He said the 107-year long-term average is 2.31 inches for the month of July.

On Monday at 8 a.m., Tarasenko recorded 0.30 of an inch of of moisture at the center in the past 24 hours. That brought the total rainfall up to 2.25 inches over the past three days.

He said the total moisture at the center since Jan.1 has been 19.02 inches. He said this includes 4.95 inches from melting the snow down that the center received in that period.

He said the annual precipitation for the center is 16.95 inches and that includes moisture from the snow received.

According to National Weather Service data, the precipitation since Jan. 1 is 14.49 inches. Last year the precipitation was 9.36 inches. The information is from readings at the Minot International Airport on North Hill. Weather data recorded at the airport and the center south of Minot can differ.