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NDSU Extension develops and updates resources to help farmers and ranchers cope with conditions. Contact your NDSU Extension county office if you have questions or want additional information.

 

Latest Update

Adnan Akyuz, Ph.D State Climatologist

July 9, 2020

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7/09/20 Summary

  • Significant statewide improvement was applied to the current Drought Monitor (DM) map in response to the wet period we got into two weeks ago. 7-day precipitation totals are given in Slide 2.
  • Despite the wetter than the normal 14-day period for most ND, the month of June was the 30th driest overall. When April and May were included, it was the 9th driest 90-day period on record for the State (Slide 4). Rankings for your county are shown in Slide 5.
  • Currently, only 15% of the state is under drought (a 35% decrease since last week). (Slide 10).
  • The 14-day forecast shows wet conditions to last for the eastern half of the state (Slide 23).
  • Weeks 3 and 4 show an equal chance of having above, below, or near-normal conditions. However, the models are more certain about forecast being warmer than average (the period from July 18 through 31) (Slide 24).
  • CPC’s fall season outlook did not change as it still calls for a warmer-than-average fall. Unfortunately, the forecast model lacks predictability in terms of precipitation.

Grass-Cast 

An experimental grassland productivity forecast that shows you the percent change in grassland production for your area this summer compared to Its 38-yr Average.

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grass cast maps 6-02-20

 

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The North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network (NDAWN) posts weather data every 5 minutes in all stations in the network. The data can be accessed as a table or map.

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