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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published November 01 2010

Weather Talk: October finished close to average for rainfall

When looking back at October, I am having a difficult time trying to decide if it should be considered a wet month or a dry month.

The driest October on record was back in 1986 when only 0.05 of an inch of rain fell. Through the first 23 days of last month, no measurable precipitation was observed in Fargo-Moorhead.

I have found no other such occurrence in the record books. Yet, it was a wet month, as the storm system on Oct. 25-27 dumped nearly 2 inches of rain officially at Hector International Airport, with many other nearby locations recording much more.

In the end, the month finished reasonably close to the average rainfall of 1.97 inches for the month of October. Unfortunately, because that all came during a very short period of time rather than being spread out over the entire month, it refilled the ditches and the rivers with water as we head into our cold season.

Therefore, referring to October as yet another wet month would likely be more accurate.

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