The first half of August ranked as the 9th coldest such period on record. Then an abrupt pattern change occurred bringing much warmer air into the area. So much so, that the second half of the month was the 4th warmest such period on record. As a whole, August finished with an average temperature of 70.9 degrees which is 1.6 degrees above average.
Although the area experienced wide ranging temperatures last month, precipitation was scarce all 31 days. In total, Hector Int’l recorded just 0.39 inches of rain last month making it the 4th driest August since records began in 1881. It was also the first time since the years 1929 and 1930 that Fargo Moorhead recorded to consecutive Augusts with less than one inch of rain. West and southwest of Fargo, some locations were even drier.
The NDAWN (North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network) site located 4 miles SW of Edgeley, ND reported only 0.01 inches of rain in August and only 0.24 inches in the past two months.