The average temperature in August was slightly above both monthly average temperature a year ago and also the long-term average temperature, but only in the high 60s.
Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Extension Center just south of Minot, said the monthly average temperature was 68.3 degrees, which was 0.3 degrees above last year's average temperatures for the same month. He also said it was 1.6 degrees above the 107-year long-term average of 66.7 degrees,
He records the high and low temperatures every day at 8 a.m. and combines them for the monthly average temperature.
He said the highest temperature reading was 93 degrees on Aug. 19.
"We had rainfall of 4.12 inches for the month and this compares with 1.06 inches for the same period one year ago," he said. He said the 107-year, long-term average was 1.93 inches.
He said the total moisture since Jan. 1 through Aug. 31 was 26.47 inches, and long-term averages for the same period was 13.10 inches of moisture.
"The record amount of moisture received in any one year was 1975, and that was 26.99 inches. We are about to eclipse that," he said.
Temperatures are expected to be in the 80s and 90s for the rest of the week, with 30-40 percent chance of thunderstorms during the weekend.