North Dakota Annual Rainfall and Climate Data, see below for individual cities
North Dakota city precipitation totals
|City||Avg Annual Precip||Avg Annual Snow||Avg # days of Precip||
Avg # thunderstorm days
|Avg # hail days||Avg # severe thunderstorm watches per year||Avg # tornado watches per year||# of tornadoes reported in county, 1960-2010|
North Dakota Precipitation Records
- Driest location ranked by lowest annual average precipitation: Sherwood, northern North Dakota, 13.13"
- Wettest location ranked by highest annual average precipitation: Wahpeton, southeastern North Dakota, 21.87"
- Snowiest location ranked by highest annual average snowfall: Bowman, southwestern North Dakota, 56.5"
- State precipitation record for 24 hours - Litchville, southeastern North Dakota, 6/29/1975, 8.10"
- State precipitation record for 1 year - Milnor, southeastern North Dakota, 1944, 37.98"
- State snowfall record for 24 hours - Berthold Agency, northwestern North Dakota, 2/25/1930, 24.0"
- State snow record for 1 season - Fargo, southeastern North Dakota, 1996-1997, 117.0"
- From November through February, North Dakota averages only 0.50 inches of precipitation per month, mainly as snow
- Contrary to popular belief, blizzards are not frequent events in North Dakota. On average, there are only two or three blizzards per year in the State
- On July 21, 1987, thunderstorms produced severe weather in North Dakota, spawning a dozen tornadoes. Thunderstorms also produced baseball-size hail at Clifford which caused four million dollars damage and high winds toppled two of eighty-foot towers, cutting off power to the town of Blanchard.
Data sources: National Climatic Data Center, Severe thunderstorm / tornado watch data period is 1999 - 2008, NOAA Storm Prediction Center, Tornado climate data - NOAA Storm Prediction Center, State lightning flash density average - 1997-2011, Vaisala