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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published May 02 2012

Weather Talk: Spring is both wet and dry – in other words, average

It is, of course, impolite to eavesdrop. However, being a meteorologist, and being that people often talk about the weather, this occasionally happens unintentionally.

Recently, I overheard a conversation in which two people were disagreeing about the state of the weather.

“It is very dry,” one said. “The lack of snow this winter and the lack of spring rain has caused so many grass fires.”

“But it has been so rainy,” the other retorted. “Every weekend has been miserably cold and wet.”

I decided to not get involved in the conversation. Until now, that is. In reality, it is neither “so wet” nor “so dry.” Precipitation since Jan. 1 has been 3.41 inches – 0.59 inch below average – which is fairly close to average.

It is typical to have a few rainy weekends in spring. But Fargo-Moorhead has had no 1-inch rains so far, no soakers. So we have to expect a few grass fires as long as there is still dead plant matter left over from winter.

So both people were right. It is both wet and dry, depending on the perspective. But what it really is … is about average.

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