The first half of August finished with an average temperature of just 64.5 degrees which was 6.2 degrees below average. That ranked as the 9th coldest such period on record. It was the coolest start to August since 2004 and with the exception of 1977 all the other years with such cool starts to August were either in the 1880s or the early part of the 1900s.
Although the month started cool, unlike 2004 when a devastating frost occurred on August 20 effectively ending the growing season for most locations north of Fargo Moorhead, this month has now trended much warmer. Our current warm up looks to have staying power and therefore, by the end of the month, the average August temperature may finish very close to the average.
Not only did this month start cool, but also dry. The airport recorded only 0.25 inches of rain during the first half of the month and that ranked as the 18th driest such period on record.