Seasons in North Dakota

North Dakota has a sharply continental climate. In the eastern districts there is more precipitation than in the western. The winters are long, with frost and snow, the summers are hot.

There are not many architectural and historical sites in this state, but active and ecological tourism is very popular. An interesting fact - in the city of Rugby there is an obelisk that marks the geographic center of the continent of North America.



Spring in North Dakota

Spring in North Dakota is characterized by flash floods, especially in the Red River Valley. Floods are frequent. March is quite cold, only by the beginning of May the temperature rises to 58-60 °F (+15 °C)

Spring is the best time to visit local museums, walks in national parks. In March, a large film festival takes place in the city of Fargo. Nearby, in the town of Jamestaug, there is a unique bison museum. This is a large natural park where wild animals live. It houses the Frontier Village open-air museum and a rare white buffalo pasture. By the way, North Dakota is called the land of bison.

Climate of the Spring Months

Max average t°: 40 °F (+4 °C)
Min average t°: 21 °F (-6 °C)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 1.6" (40 mm)
Max average t°: 55 °F (+13 °C)
Min average t°: 34 °F (+1 °C)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 2.2" (55 mm)
Max average t°: 67 °F (+20 °C)
Min average t°: 47 °F (+8 °C)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 3.8" (90 mm)


Spring Holidays

March 1st: National Women of Color Day.
March 17: St.Patrick 's Day.

April 1: April Fools' Day.
April 22: International Earth Day.

2nd Sunday of May: Mother’s Day.
last Monday in May: Memorial Day.

Summer in North Dakota

Summers in North Dakota are hot, humid, and long. July is the hottest month. The temperature rises to 82-86 °F (+28 +30 °C). The sharply continental climate is manifested by frequent summer thunderstorms.

The main summer activities are swimming, fishing, hunting, and the favorite American hiking and cycling. A visit to North Dakota's largest fair in Medora is highly recommended. This event resembles a carnival. Music lovers will enjoy the Wild West festival. History buffs should visit the city of Mandan - this is where the West begins. The first fort in the Wild West was built here.

Climate of the Summer Months

Max average t°: 77 °F (+25 °C)
Min average t°: 58 °F (+14 °C)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 4.3" (110 mm)
Max average t°: 83 °F (+28 °C)
Min average t°: 64 °F (+17.5 °C)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 3.8" (96 mm)
Max average t°: 80 °F (+26 °C)
Min average t°: 61 °F (+16 °C)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 3.3" (84 mm)


Summer Holidays

June 14: Day of the American flag.
June 19: Juneteenth Day.
Third Sunday of June: Father’s Day.

July 4: Independence Day.
August 26: Women's Equality Day.

Autumn in North Dakota

September is still a very warm month, a real velvet season. The temperature gradually decreases from 74 °F (+23 °C) in September to 40 °F (+4 °C) in November. At the end of autumn, frosts of 24-26 °F (-3 -4 °C) are possible. In the eastern regions it is rainy, in the western regions the cold sets in faster.

In September, North Dakota hosts the largest festival of Indian culture in the city of Bismarck. Norsk Hostfest takes place in Maino in November. This holiday is dedicated to Scandinavian culture. Lakes and rivers are open to fishing enthusiasts. Tourists are offered horseback riding, boating, camping.

Climate of the Autumn Months

Max average t°: 77 °F (+22 °C)
Min average t°: 71 °F (+15 °C)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 3.0" (75 mm)
Max average t°: 64 °F (+13 °C)
Min average t°: 55 °F (+9 °C)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 2.4" (62 mm)
Max average t°: 52 °F (+4.5 °C)
Min average t°: 40 °F (+3 °C)
Sundial in the day: 5.5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 1.2" (30 mm)


Autumn Holidays

1st Monday in September: Labor Day.

2nd Monday in October: Columbus Day.
October 31: Halloween (All Hallows' Eve).

November 11: Veterans Day.
4th Thursday in November: Thanksgiving Day.

Winter in North Dakota

Winters in North Dakota are cold and snowy. The coldest winter month is January. Blizzards with snow are likely in February. The average temperature ranges from 17 °F (-8 °C) to 5 °F (-15 °C). However, such temperatures are rare, usually the weather allows you to go for walks and enjoy winter activities.

From late November to February in North Dakota, people go skiing, ice skating, dog sledding, and snowmobiling. Snowshoes are popular with fishermen and hunters. Christmas is a family holiday, the rest of the time people are eager to attend street parades and winter sales.

Climate of the Winter Months

Max average t°: 24 °F (-4 °C)
Min average t°: 10 °F (-12 °C)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Snowy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 1.1" (29 mm)
Max average t°: 20 °F (-7 °C)
Min average t°: 3 °F (-16 °C)
Sundial in the day: 4.5 hours
Snowy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 0.9" (24 mm)
Max average t°: 25 °F (-4 °C)
Min average t°: 6 °F (-14 °C)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Snowy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 0.9" (22 mm)


Winter Holidays

December 25: Christmas Day.

January 1: New Year’s Day.
January 20 every fourth year: Inauguration Day.
3rd Monday in January: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

February 14: St. Valentine's Day.
3rd Monday in February: Presidents’ Day.