Cold July temps with much rain

The month of July closed out with low temperatures and more than 5 1/2 inches of rain for the month.

“We had a monthly average temperature of 67.3 degrees, which was 5.6 degrees below last year’s average temps for the same month. And 1.2 degrees below the 107-year long-term average of 68.5 degrees,” said Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Extension Center, just south of Minot.

He said the highest temperature reading was 88 degrees on July 11.

Tarasenko records the high and low temperatures every day at 8 a.m. and combines them for the monthly average temperature.

“We had rainfall of 5.82 inches for the month,” Tarasenko said. He said this compares with 0.88 of an inch for the same period one year ago. He said the 107-year long-term average is 2.31 inches.

He said the total moisture from Jan. 1 through July 31 has been 22.35 inches. “Long-term averages for the same period are 11.16 inches of moisture,” he said. He noted the 2013 number for total moisture is double the long-term average.

The National Weather Service is forecasting that the temperatures will remain in the 70s for the rest of this week and through Tuesday, with a chance of thunderstorms over the weekend.