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Forum staff reports, Published July 17 2012

Fargo area receives timely rain

FARGO – The Fargo-Moorhead received about one-tenth of an inch of much-needed rain this morning.

Rainfall totals as of 7 a.m. were 0.11 inch in north Moorhead, 0.1 inch at the Moorhead Municipal Airport and 0.06 inch at Fargo’s Hector International Airport, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, which received no rain.

In southeastern North Dakota’s Sargent County, Forman reported 0.16 inch of rain and Havana had 0.09 inch.

In Minnesota, Detroit Lakes received 0.06 inch of rain, Fergus Falls measured 0.09 inch and Pelican Rapids reported 0.18 inch. Park Rapids was the northernmost city to receive rain, reporting 0.02 inch, weather service meteorologist Jim Kaiser said.

There’s a chance of rain in the same area general again tonight, “but I think it’s pretty much done for the daytime,” Kaiser said.

This morning’s rains drifted out of north-central South Dakota, he said. Thunderstorms in that area are weakening as they move east, and unless they redevelop here, any rainfall received tonight would likely be light, Kaiser said.

The weather service says much of eastern North Dakota, including portions of Barnes, Cass, Grand Forks, Griggs, Steele and Traill counties, is now in a severe drought, with many surrounding counties in a moderate drought.

High temperatures are expected to be 84 today and 85 on Wednesday before returning to the 90s for the rest of the week, according to the weather service forecast.