The first day of summer in the Northern Plains was rainy for many, but the rains will not be enough to change the bottom-line dryness across the region. Moving into July, World Weather Incorporated Senior Agriculture Meteorologist Drew Lerner is not anticipating major rain events. Lerner is expecting a ridge of high pressure to be present in much of the summer in the front range area of the Rocky Mountains. “We were hoping that ridge would shift more to the east, bringing rain, but there’s not a lot of support for this now.” The deeper the Northern Plains gets under the ridge, the warmer the temperatures. “July will be a below average precipitation month. We will be dealing with warmer bias temperatures with the central and western Dakotas seeing the excessive heat.” Hear the latest forecast.
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