Western North Dakota near the Montana border only averages 1.50 inches of rain in August. Even in eastern North Dakota, Fargo for example the average is only 2.50 inches of rain. Our evaporation potential is much greater than our average rainfall meaning it is difficult to catch up on moisture this time of year. That is why May and June, the two wettest months of the year are so crucial for moisture in this area. Of course, rainfall has been lacking in much of the area for the past few months, including those two crucial months at the beginning of the growing season. Therefore, average precipitation this time of year will only maintain conditions, not improve them.