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Weather Forecast (06/01/17)

The June 1 through June 1, 2017 Weather Summary/Outlook

Weather Forecast:

The June 1 through June 1, 2017 Weather Summary/Outlook

This past week was another cool period across the region with temperatures running about 2° to 4° below average with the exception of north central North Dakota where temperatures were near the 30 year average for the time of year. The next 7 days should bring some welcomed warmer temperatures.


Often when it is cool this time of year, it is rainy as well. Although there were some rainy periods, the actual amount of rainfall was quite light. There were a few pockets of rain near 0.50 inches, but a vast majority of the area recorded around 0.25 inch of rain or less with some areas only recording a trace or none at all.


This lack of rain was the general trend for the month of May with rainfall totals at the NDAWN stations mostly in the 0.50 inch to 1.50 inch range. The average rainfall in May runs from near 2 inches in western North Dakota to around 3 inches in the southern Red River Valley. This means that rainfall last month was mostly below 50% of normal with pockets even below 25% of normal. Some parts of North Dakota recorded the driest May since 1994 and in a few localized spots you would have to go back to 1984 to find a drier month of May. Total rain at NDAWN stations for last month is given in the graphic below.


Today (Thursday) and Friday will likely see many areas either near 80° or in the 80s for a maximum temperature with minimum temperatures generally in the 50s the next few mornings. This is much warmer over what what was experienced in the past couple of weeks. Although the temperatures are expected to cool down somewhat this weekend into next week, the temperatures should be at least near the average if not a bit above into early next week. The trend toward slightly cooler air will also trigger some rain and thunderstorms on Friday into Saturday. Not all areas are expected to get rain and the odds favor that those locations that do get some moisture the amounts will stay near or under 0.50 inches for most locations. After the Friday/Saturday potential rain, it may take until the middle of next week for any widespread precipitation to move back into the region.

The projected growing degree days (GDDs) for the next 7 days, Base 32°, 44° and 50° are presented below. Many areas will record 30% to 50% more GDDs this period than what was received in the past 7 days.


Using May 10, 2017 as an average planting date, the number of corn growing degree days accumulated this season is depicted below. The exact numbers based on your actual planting date(s) can be found here: Other agricultural tools can be found in the applications tab in the menu on the left side of the website.


Using a plantiing date of May 1, 2017, the number of wheat growing degree days accumulated so far this season is presented below. The exact numbers based on your actual planting date(s) can be found here:



Daryl Ritchison


Interim Director of the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network

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