June was wet month, but not record

June was a very wet month but it was not a record, says Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Extension Center, south of Minot.

Tarasenko said the record rainfall was set in June 2005 when 11.12 inches was recorded.

But he said the above average moisture continues with 7.1 inches of rainfall for the month at the center. “This compares with 5.14 inches a year ago for the same period, and our 108-year long-term average of 3.20 inches,” he said.

He said moisture for the year since Jan. 1 has been 11.73 inches. He said that compares with the long-term average of 8.81 inches.

Tarasenko records the high and low temperatures daily and then combine them at the end of the month for a monthly average temperature.

He said June had a monthly average temp of 62.1 degrees. “This compares with the average temp of 63.1 degrees last year for the same month and the 108-year long-term average of 62.7 degrees. Our highest temperature for the month was 83 degrees set on June 21.

The National Weather Service is forecasting more rain today but starting Wednesday and through Independence Day on Friday the forecast is for sunny weather with temperatures in the low 80s on Friday.