In Search of 70° Lows

Cool weather statistics come to mind much more readily than warm weather facts for the past several months and that has been especially true this summer.  In early August you may recall I wrote a blog “Where have all the 90s gone” and since I wrote that, almost no additional 90s have been reported in North Dakota.  Another temperature feature that has been lacking this summer has been low temperatures in the 70s.  Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, Jamestown and many other locations have not recorded a low temperature at or above 70° all summer.  Looking through the climate data for 2014, I could find only a handful of 70° low temperatures in North Dakota this warm season.  Williston, Oakes, Fullerton, McLeod and Enderlin were the only airports, or cooperative observer sites that have reported a low at or above 70° this summer.  Our NDAWN (North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network) stations have recorded only one 70° low this summer and that was at our Britton, SD station (which will be moving to near Forman, ND soon).   Such temperature anomalies are not unusual for our climate, but a noticeable difference from what was recorded the past couple of summers.  The last year with a 70° summer low was back in 2009.

 

LOCATION                                               # of 70° lows this year

Williston Area 1
WILLISTON SLOULIN INTL AP 1
OAKES 2 S 1
FULLERTON 1 ESE 1
MC LEOD 3 E 1
ENDERLIN 2W 1
BISMARCK WFO 0
ARROWWOOD 2 NORTH DAKOTA 0
CROSBY NORTH DAKOTA 0
DEVILS LAKE NORTH DAKOTA 0
HAMPDEN NORTH DAKOTA 0
J. CLARK SALYER NORTH DAKOTA 0
LOSTWOOD NORTH DAKOTA 0
SAND CREEK NORTH DAKOTA 0
SHEYENNE NORTH DAKOTA 0
WATFORD CITY NORTH DAKOTA 0
PEMBINA 0
MEDORA 7 E 0
Bismarck Area 0
Fargo Area 0
Grand Forks Area 0
BISMARCK 5NNW 0
NORTHGATE 5 ESE 0
JAMESTOWN 38 WSW 0
MOHALL 0
CROSBY 0
FORTUNA 1 W 0
LAKE METIGOSHE SP 0
CASSELTON AGRONOMY FM 0
HEART BUTTE DAM 0
STREETER 7 NW 0
GRASSY BUTTE 2ENE 0
TAYLOR 7 NNW 0
HETTINGER MUNI AP 0
MINNEWAUKAN 0
KILLDEER 0
FLASHER 0
GRAND FORKS INTL AP 0
JAMESTOWN STATE HOSP 0
STEELE 0
RICHARDTON ABBEY 0

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