Spring has Sprung

It’s official. Spring arrived this last week. The sudden change of weather is causing people to tromp through mud and jump over street-gutter rivers.

By Frank Turner


The quick onset of spring weather is even causing some flooding in parts of Southwest North Dakota.

Looking forward, even though April is a notoriously unpredictable time of year, it appears that the spring vibes will continue throughout the month. According to the National Weather Service, the month of April has an equal chance for above and below temperatures and precipitation.

For the month of April, according to National Weather Service data, the average high in Adams County will be 55 degrees. The average low will be 28 degrees. National Weather Service Meteorologist Ken Simosko said that the surrounding counties in Southwest North Dakota should experience similar weather conditions.

The weather will also continue to improve significantly throughout the month of April. According to the National Weather Service, April 1st has an expected high of 49 degrees, while April 30th has an expected high of 61 degrees. After an extremely cold winter, spring and summer are finally on their way.

With information based on historic averages and long-term outlook maps, Simosko continued saying that the Adams County region should also expect 1.47 inches of rain for the entire month of April.

Now that winter is over, Simosko said that El Nino is no longer having a major impact on the region.   

“We are in a weak El Nino. There isn’t much in the way of El Nino for spring and summer. It’s mostly a winter phenomenon for us. Any effect will be negligible at this point of the year,” he continued.

Despite the fact that Southwest North Dakota region experienced heavy snow last year in early April, Simosko said that the National Weather is Service is not predicting a late snowstorm this year. Those who are mentally preparing themselves for more snow may not have to worry. 

In regards to an early April snowstorm, Simosko said, “As of March 25th, I don’t see anything around the first of April on both of our extended models at this point.”

Ultimately, Simosko said that people should expect typical spring weather.

He continued, “There isn’t a signal that is favoring wet, dry, cold, or warm at this point. You probably wouldn’t have something you won’t expect otherwise.”

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