The rise and fall of North Dakota…

I was raised in California where the average temperatures tended to only fluctuate about 25 degrees in either direction of 75 degrees in any given season.  In California a 50 degree day is considered coat weather.  My now North Dakota acclimated self laughs at the silliness of such a notion.  But let’s face it – temperature is relative to where you are.

California’s climate is viewed by many as one of its main draws.  Conversely, North Dakota’s climate is viewed by many as one of its main drawbacks.  Yet, North Dakota has so much more to offer than just its acclaimed status as a frigid winter tundra.  The folks that live here know that.  But there are some days when it is difficult for even the diehard locals not to bemoan the weather – some years the winter weather stays long after its welcome has worn out.

I really like that North Dakota is not a scorcher state.  Our summers are on the whole quite tolerable.  I think that is the least that is owed us after six months of winter temperatures.  There must be some fairness in the ratio of “pleasant” days to “freeze your fanny off” days to keep folks in the state.

This summer has seemed a bit off at times though – there were a couple days there that I thought we might be having an early fall.  But never fear, the August heat has arrived in earnest now and we will be getting those hot, dry 90+ degree days that we expect this next week.  The 90+ degree days will soon cause us to forget the cooler 70-ish degree days we had in the earlier days of August.

But lest you think that this is a fairly odd August, I share with you from Intellicast the historical weather data for my little community of West Fargo.

Date Average Low Average High Record Low Record High Average Precipitation Average Snow
January -2° 16° -48° (1887) 54° (1908) 0.76″ 12.5″
February 23° -47° (1888) 66° (1958) 0.59″ 7″
March 19° 35° -34° (1948) 80° (1910) 1.17″ 8.7″
April 32° 55° -13° (1881) 100° (1980) 1.37″ 2.3″
May 45° 70° 14° (1890) 104° (1934) 2.61″ 0″
June 55° 77° 11° (1942) 104° (1933) 3.51″ 0″
July 59° 82° 36° (1967) 114° (1936) 2.88″ 0″
August 57° 81° 32° (1886) 106° (1976) 2.52″ 0″
September 46° 70° 17° (1883) 102° (1959) 2.18″ 0″
October 34° 56° -4° (1919) 93° (1963) 1.97″ 0.6″
November 19° 35° -27° (1905) 74° (1990) 1.06″ 7.7″

Daily Averages & Records -         °F | °C

Date Average Low Average High Record Low Record High Average Precipitation Average Snow
Aug 1 60° 83° 42° (1927) 98° (1937) 0.09″ NA
Aug 2 60° 83° 41° (1971) 102° (1982) 0.09″ NA
Aug 3 59° 83° 38° (1972) 100° (1989) 0.09″ NA
Aug 4 59° 83° 38° (1889) 105° (1947) 0.09″ NA
Aug 5 59° 83° 43° (1883) 99° (1968) 0.08″ NA
Aug 6 59° 83° 42° (1886) 100° (1941) 0.08″ NA
Aug 7 59° 83° 42° (1904) 101° (1949) 0.08″ NA
Aug 8 59° 83° 41° (1964) 101° (1958) 0.08″ NA
Aug 9 59° 83° 40° (1890) 101° (1958) 0.08″ NA
Aug 10 59° 83° 41° (1967) 98° (1988) 0.08″ NA
Aug 11 59° 83° 39° (1902) 96° (1936) 0.08″ NA
Aug 12 58° 82° 40° (1964) 101° (1984) 0.08″ NA
Aug 13 58° 82° 33° (1964) 102° (1984) 0.08″ NA
Aug 14 58° 82° 35° (1968) 100° (1935) 0.08″ NA
Aug 15 58° 82° 43° (1979) 102° (1935) 0.08″ NA
Aug 16 58° 82° 40° (1896) 104° (1988) 0.08″ NA
Aug 17 57° 81° 33° (1888) 98° (1945) 0.08″ NA
Aug 18 57° 81° 41° (2002) 106° (1976) 0.08″ NA
Aug 19 57° 81° 39° (2004) 105° (1976) 0.08″ NA
Aug 20 57° 81° 34° (2004) 104° (1976) 0.08″ NA
Aug 21 56° 80° 40° (1920) 103° (1947) 0.08″ NA
Aug 22 56° 80° 36° (1890) 101° (1947) 0.08″ NA
Aug 23 56° 80° 34° (1891) 99° (1948) 0.08″ NA
Aug 24 55° 79° 38° (1887) 100° (1976) 0.08″ NA
Aug 25 55° 79° 32° (1885) 100° (1886) 0.08″ NA
Aug 26 54° 79° 36° (1915) 98° (1953) 0.08″ NA
Aug 27 54° 78° 33° (1982) 100° (1984) 0.08″ NA
Aug 28 54° 78° 36° (1965) 100° (1984) 0.08″ NA
Aug 29 53° 77° 39° (1915) 99° (1961) 0.08″ NA
Aug 30 53° 77° 36° (1931) 97° (1961) 0.08″ NA
Aug 31 52° 77° 32° (1886) 95° (1953) 0.08″ NA

All in all, when you look at the historical data, you can see that no major temperature anomalies are occurring this August.  You are also reminded that before too long the temps will start to drop again as we move into fall and then are too quickly submerged into that six month winter North Dakota is infamous for.  Enjoy it while you can – summer is winding down my friends. ;-)

Day one thousand five hundred of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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