July was a hot month and also a dry month in Minot.
"Our July monthly average was 72.9 degrees," said Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Extention Center south of Minot.
That, he said, was 4.5 degrees above the 106-year long-term average of 68.4 degrees.
"This was the 14th straight month of above normal average temperatures," Tarasenko said.
Tarasenko records the high and low temperatures every day at 8 a.m., and combines them at the end of the month for a monthly average.
He said the warmest day of the month was July 19 when the temperature at the research center was 97 degrees for a high temperature that day.
He said the moisture for the month of July was 0.88 of an inch. "This was below the 106-year long- term average of 2.33 inches," he said.
Moisture since Jan.1 is 10.24 inches, Tarasenko said. "This is a little below the long-term average of 11.06 inches," he said.