BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) – In our 147 year history of record keeping, 2021 will be the fifth hottest year on record for Bismarck with an average temperature of 45.8 degrees.
The year started with a very mild winter and snow was difficult to find as only nine inches fell in Bismarck in the first few months of 2021. The only burst of cold air came in February when the air from there The Arctic dipped as far as Texas, and North Dakota experienced several days of sub-zero temperatures.
Lack of precipitation and high winds in late winter and spring fueled grass fires, with red flag warnings becoming a common occurrence. A notable fire hit the Medora area in April as the town of Medora had to evacuate and the fire got too close for the comfort of the Medora Music Amphitheater.
Nationally, fires have burned in the west and across Canada, causing smoke to transport to the northern plains, severely affecting air quality on several occasions.
Looking at Bismarck’s monthly average temperatures, nine of the twelve months were above normal, but the long period of record heat in summer and fall was the main driving force that made 2021 one of the best years. hottest ever.
This summer in Bismarck, we set the record for the most days at 100 degrees and above, the most days at 90 degrees and above, and the most consecutive days at 90 degrees.
Along with the heat, severe weather came with the most notable day being June 10 when flooding, hail and a few small tornadoes were reported in the First Warm viewing area. Large hail has also affected the state on a few occasions, with hailstones up to three inches in diameter reported in parts of the state in August. Overall, however, less severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings have been issued than normal this year.
The final humidity statistics for the year show everyone was well below normal and Bismarck was more than six inches below normal, which helped prolong and worsen the drought.
The drought peaked at the end of May, when 85 percent of the state was in extreme drought and 17 percent in the exceptional drought category, certainly affecting many farmers and herders this year.
As we head into 2022, drought will undoubtedly remain a concern for many of us, as the current drought monitor shows areas in the region still experiencing extreme drought.
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