Year of frigid temps

The past year was another year for the record books, says Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Extension Center south of Minot.

He said total moisture from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 was 33.28 inches. “That is record territory, as the record amount of moisture received in any one year was 1975, and that was 26.99 inches,” he said. He said the long-term average moisture for a calendar year is 16.95 inches.

There were 1.11 inches of moisture for the month of December. This compares with 0.66 inch for the same period one year ago and the 107-year long-term average was 0.58 inch.

“This past month of December we had a monthly average temp of 4.3 degrees, which was 6.7 degrees below last year’s average temps for the same month,” he said. He said it was 9.1 degrees below the 107-year long-term average of 13.4 degrees.

The coldest day of the year was -27 degrees on Dec. 23 and the warmest day of the summer was 93 degrees set on Aug. 19, Tarasenko said.

Tarasenko records the high and low temperatures every morning and combines them for the monthly average temperature.

Snowfall for the month of December was 14.3 inches, he said. He said this compares with 8.7 inches last year and the long-term average of 6.9 inches. Snowfall from Oct 1 to 8 a.m. on Dec. 31 has been 21.8 inches, he said.

The new year started with extremely cold temperatures but there will be some reprieve from it today as temperatures are expected to climb into the 30s, the National Weather Forecast says.

But the temperatures will drop down again.

The National Weather Service in Bismarck said that dangerously cold, arctic air will spread across the state on Saturday night and remain into Tuesday.