Summer saw slightly warmer weather than normal
The best part of the summer for Chelsea Jones-Thompson was standing in the sunshine and petting dogs Saturday mornings at the market.
The manager for the Town Square Farmer's Market in Grand Forks said the season has been a success because the good weather helped increase crowds and there have been no cancellations due to rain yet.
This summer brought more sunshine and slightly higher than normal temperatures throughout the season, according to data from the National Weather Service.
There were more days with higher temperatures than normal during this summer than previous years, National Weather Service Meteorologist Andrew Moore said. Temperatures on Aug. 12 tied the 1893 record for heat, reaching 98 degrees.
Precipitation amounts were above average, but Moore said there were periods of dryness, especially in the middle of the season, that contributed to drought-like conditions. With an increase in rain at the end of the season, it was pretty much a wash because conditions started and ended relatively the same, he said.
The push of precipitation at the end of August was somewhat harmful for farmers, and Moore said "the timing has been pretty unfortunate." Severe weather caused some crop damage from hail and wind, and frequent rain made it hard to schedule harvest, he said.
The silver lining is rain will help reduce drought as the season transitions to fall and will help soil conditions going into spring, Moore said.
Mid-July and the end of July through early August brought unusually cold temperatures, Moore said.
Heavy fires in the western portion of the country and throughout Canada caused hazy, smoky air conditions for several weeks throughout the summer. Moore said the intensity and persistence of the blazes caused much more smoke than in previous years, and the haze stuck around for longer.
As fall approaches, there still could be potential for severe weather, but winter snowfall and cold temperatures will follow shortly after, so "pick your poison," Moore said. The next three months are slated to be warmer than normal, though it's unclear what temperatures will be on the way for September, according to the weather service's Climate Prediction Center.