Above average rainfall continues

The above average rainfall is continuing at Minot, says Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Extension Center, south of Minot.

“Rainfall for the month was 4.42 inches and this compares with 4.12 inches a year ago for the same period,” Tarasenko said. He said the 108-year, long-term average was 2.34 inches.

On Sunday morning, Tarasenko recorded 0.98 inches of rainfall at the center, bringing the total rainfall or the month up to 4.42 inches.

He said the moisture for the year so far (Jan.1 through Aug.31) is 18.34 inches. He said this compares with 26.47 inches a year ago for the same period. The long-term average was 13.15 inches.

This past month of August, Tarasenko said he recorded a monthly average temperature of 67 degrees. This compares with the average temperature of 68.3 degrees last year for the same month and the 108- year, long-term average of 66.7 degrees.

“Our highest temperature for the month was 85 degrees,” Tarasenko said.

The forecast for today, Labor Day, calls for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. But forecasters say the weather will be partly sunny with a high near 73.