To date: It’s an average snowfall year – 37.8 inches
Minot’s snowfall season has been “pretty average” with 37.8 inches of snow from Sept. 1, 2013, to the present date, says Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Extension Center south of Minot.
Tarasenko said the 37.8 inches of snow compares with the long-term average of 39 inches for the same timeframe.
“Snowfall for the month of April was just 5.1 inches. This compares with the 14 inches of a year ago and the 108-year long-term average of 3.9 inches,” Tarasenko said.
He said moisture for the month of April was 2.13 inches compared to 1.48 inches for the same month last year and the long-term average of 1.47 inches.
April was the third straight month of below average temperatures, according to Tarasenko.
“This past month of April we had a monthly average temp of 36.9 degrees. This compares with the average temp of 27.9 degrees last year for the same month and the 108-year long-term average of 40.7 degrees. Our lowest temp of the month was 4 degrees on April 1,” Tarasenko said.
There isn’t any snow in the forecast through Sunday but there’s a 30 to 40 percent chance of rain Thursday night and Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The high daytime temperatures for the rest of the week are expected to hover mostly in the 50s, possibly 60 today.