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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published January 05 2009

Weather Talk: 30.82 inches made for wet year in ’08

Last year finished below average for temperatures, but well above average for rainfall. In 2008 the combination of melted snow and rain added up to 30.82 inches.

That made 2008 the seventh wettest on record and only the ninth time in 128 years of recordkeeping that Fargo-Moorhead received more than 30 inches of rain.

The year started dry with January being the fourth driest on record. February and March continued this trend with only average rainfall. April and May traded places with April being a bit wet and May being a bit dry.

So we entered summer with very average precipitation, with some areas even experiencing drought conditions. But the second half of 2008 brought 24.80 inches of rain – more than the yearly average of 21.19 inches, and 10.22 inches above normal for that time period.

Autumn 2008 was the wettest on record and that induced a rare autumn flood on the Red River.

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