July one hot, dry month for state

Just how hot was the month of July in North Dakota?


Posted on August 9, 2012

Just how hot was the month of July in North Dakota?

Michael Mathews, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck provided that information last week in a press release to the state’s newspapers. According to Mathews, the July weather highlights for western and central North Dakota included:

• Significantly above normal temperatures

• Below normal precipitation

• Drought/abnormally dry conditions continued

In comparison to previous years, Dickinson recorded its second-hottest July, dating back to 1893. Minot also recorded its second-hottest July with records back to 1905. Williston and Bismarck recorded its fifth-hottest and sixth-hottest months of July, respectively, with records dating back to 1874 and 1894.

Making matters worse, particularly for farmers and ranchers, is that in addition to the higher than normal temperatures, the state has also received less than normal precipitation.

Dickinson, for instance, received less than half its normal July moisture. This year, Dickinson recorded 1.16 inches of precipitation which is 1.28 inches less than normal. It was the 28th driest July in Dickinson history.

Minot, though, recorded its 10th driest July ever with the city recording 0.67 inches of precipitation last month – 1.76 inches below normal.

According to Matthews, the current drought/abnormally dry conditions across the region are due in part to increased evaporation from above normal temperatures, and a lack or rainfall.

Of the 31 days in July, twice the thermometer topped the century mark in Bowman (103 on July 3 and 100 on July 29). On 20 other days, the high temperature was at least 90.

On three different days, Bowman received modest precipitation. On July 5, 1.29 inches of moisture was recorded. On July 16, 0.82 inches or precipitation was recorded while a fraction more than a quarter of an inch was recorded on July 24. Traces of moisture were also recorded on July 6, 11, 22, 23, and 30.