Very typical of thunderstorms, some areas faired very well this weekend, while others are still wishing for some much needed moisture. Actually, there are now some areas that have received so much rain in the last few days (from storms on Thursday and Friday morning plus the weekend), several good days of drying are hoped for. Below is an doppler radar estimated rainfall for the weekend (from Friday Night at 10:30 PM to 6:00 PM Sunday afternoon.
If you’re looking for a few days to dry out, you’ll probably get it, next threat of rain will probably hold off until Thursday. If you’re looking for rain, well, you’ll have to probably wait a few more days.
By now everyone probably knows that this past Sunday (July 30th) Fargo officially hit 102 degrees. That was a record for the date. We also broke the record that day for high minumum with a low of 77 that day. So two records in one!
That hot day was the standard for the entire month of July. The month finished 4.3 degrees above average and became the 7th warmest July on record. The average temperature for the entire month was 74.9 degrees. The warmest July on record was July of 1936 when the average monthly temperature was 80.2 degrees, so no where near that record, but obviously a warm July nevertheless.
We are now two-thirds of the way through summer and although we’re no where near as warm as the summers of 1988 or 1936, we are on track for a top 10 warmest summer on record if August finishes as warm as June and July did.
More than the heat, the lack of rain this summer has been the big story. Fargo finished the month with 2.23" of rain, well below average (which is nearly 3"), but no where near a record. We had the entire 2"+ of rain in the last week of the month, a couple of thunderstorms brought the area the needed rain into the area the last few days of the month. Unfortunately, not everyone got that rain and many areas had less than 1" for the whole month.
Of course, it only takes a thunderstorm or two to change the rainfall totals for a given area, but historically, other summers that started this dry finished dry as well. As I’ve said in previous blogs, only time will tell how the rest of the season will finish.