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Another cool week

The lower than normal temperatures for the past few weeks aren't a figment of people's imagination, according to Scott Hamilton, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

"It's been a cold spell," he said. "During the last half of September almost every single day was below normal and that will continue through almost the entire first half of October."

Normal highs should have been in the low 60-degree range in late September and the upper 50s for early October.

The forecast for the rest of this week also shows lower temperatures and wet conditions with a possible break on Thursday.

"Then there is a clipper system coming in," Hamilton said. "Warmer on Friday, colder on Saturday with some moisture but no major precipitation over the weekend."

Lower temperatures this week follow on the heels of at least three weeks of cold and wet weather.

Records from the National Weather Service indicate Jamestown has not had a daily average temperature above normal since Sept. 16. NWS records show Jamestown has reported at least a trace of precipitation on 15 of the last 22 days.

So far this year, Jamestown has received 19.72 inches of precipitation or 3.11 inches above normal. In September, Jamestown received 2.03 inches of precipitation or 0.39 inches less than normal.

Once we get through the coming weekend, conditions may improve.

"There is some hope," Hamilton said. "Just not over the next couple of days."

The forecast for Oct. 15 through Oct. 21 calls for above normal temperatures and drier than normal conditions, he said.

"We're forecasting a pattern change," Hamilton said, referring to the forecast for next week. "Whether it lasts a month or week at this point we can't say."

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