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Precipitation ranges from low to moderate, and air flow through the region creates windy conditions. North Dakota is affected by regular changes in atmospheric air masses. Air masses from the polar region bring cold, dry air to the state. Northern Pacific air masses produce warmer, drier conditions, and tropical masses bring warm, wet weather.
The Rocky Mountains frequently block air masses from the southern Pacific Ocean from reaching the state. January is the coldest month.
Annual precipitation ranges from 13 to 20 inches a year. The average increases from west to east, with the southeast receiving the highest average precipitation. Winter precipitation is highest in January. June is the wettest month receiving 3 to 4 inches of rain. Areas such as the Turtle Mountains receive higher rainfalls than the surrounding plains, due to higher elevations.
Average season April — September precipitation for 30 year period ending Data from State Water Commission.
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Air Masses North Dakota is affected by regular changes in atmospheric air masses. Precipitation Annual precipitation ranges from 13 to 20 inches a year. Return to Habitats. Back to Top.What is hot in bismarck north dakota
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