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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published September 05 2013

Weather Talk: August temps wide-ranging, but month consistently dry

The first half of August ranked as the ninth-coldest such period on record. Then an abrupt pattern change occurred, bringing much warmer air into the area. Thus, the second half of the month was the fourth-warmest such period on record. As a whole, August finished with an average temperature of 70.9 degrees, which is 1.6 degrees above average.

Although the area experienced wide-ranging temperatures last month, precipitation was scarce all 31 days. In total, Hector International Airport recorded just 0.39 inches of rain last month, making it the fourth-driest August since records began in 1881. It was also the first time since the years 1929 and 1930 that Fargo-Moorhead recorded two consecutive Augusts with less than 1 inch of rain.

West and southwest of Fargo, some locations were even drier. The North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network site four miles southwest of Edgeley reported only 0.01 inch of rain in August and only 0.24 inch in the past two months.

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