As we head into a La Nina weather pattern for this fall, and winter for that matter, here's what the National Weather Service has to say about fall for North Dakota.  Temps are expected to be above normal slightly.  Especially for the month September.  Here's a graph from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).  The National Weather Service is a division of NOAA.

NOAA Screenshot

As you can see from the graph above, much of the United States is expected to be above normal when it comes to temperatures this fall.  Especially the northeast and southwest.  North Dakota on the other hand will see a warm September, and close to average for November and December.

The all important precipitation prediction for North Dakota looks very dry for September.  In fact, according to the AccuWeather long range September weather forecast, we likely won't see any rain until the very end of the month.  You can see that forecast here.

However, October and November look active.  Here's a look at NOAA's long range precipitation graph for the fall (September, October and December).

NOAA Screenshot

If it weren't for the dry September, I think you would've seen North Dakota showing some green in the graph above.

Both the Farmer's Almanac and The Old Farmer's Almanac have similar forecasts for North Dakota.  Temperatures are expected to be about normal and precipitation is expected to be slightly above normal.  That would mean a snowfall above 46 inches in Bismarck.  Keep in mind, we were also in a La Nina weather pattern last winter, and we came nowhere near 46 inches of snow.  For the sake of the drought, lets hope the weatherman is right this year.


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