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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published May 06 2012

Weather Talk: May to October sees most of our yearly precipitation

May, in some ways, could be considered the start of our rainy season.

Climatologically, Fargo-Moorhead is quite dry from November 1 through April 30. That six-month stretch averages just 5.8 inches of rain and melted snow, with nearly half of that falling during the months of March and April.

With recent years recording above-average rain and snowfall, our perceptions may have changed, but what we have experienced in the past six months has been very average from a historical perspective. Both March and April average around 1.3 inches of rain, but this month that average jumps to 2.81, and in June we average nearly 4 inches of rain.

In total, the average rainfall is nearly 17 inches the next six months. Looked at another way, about 75 percent of our yearly precipitation comes from May 1 through October 31. So although our climate does not have a true rainy and dry season, a close examination of the data suggests we come close.

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