Summer of 2013

According to data compiled by the National Climatic Data Center, the summer of 2013 was the 54th driest on record for the state of North Dakota and the 32nd driest on record for the state of Minnesota.  But of course, statistics for states the size of North Dakota and Minnesota do not necessarily tell the complete story. 

North Dakota for example was split between being moderately wet in the north central and north western part of the state, to very dry in the eastern one-half of North Dakota with the area around Jamestown recording one of the driest summers on record.  So as a whole, the state finished near average, although very few areas recorded near normal precipitation. One of those few spots near average was the rain gauge at Hector Int’l.  

Minnesota generally recorded a dry summer statewide, with the exception of the south central portion of the state.

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