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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published August 05 2012

Weather Talk: Drier weather in F-M has now lasted an entire year

A year ago today, a thunderstorm moved through Fargo-Moorhead during the early evening hours, dropping 0.97 inches of rain at the airport. The month started with 2.87 inches falling on Aug. 1, therefore, after only six days the monthly total was already 3.84 inches. That was already well above average for August, with most of the month left to go.

After cresting at near 25 feet in July, these additional rain events in early August caused the Red River to crest near 26 feet a few days later. With another wet spring and summer, there was already talk about the 2012 flood season.

But then the rain stopped. From Aug. 7 through Dec. 31, only an additional 2.21 inches of rain and melted snow was recorded. That drier weather has now lasted an entire year, with only around 13 inches of precipitation falling in the past 366 days. This is nowhere near a record for that stretch, as it does not even rank in the top-20 driest for that period, yet it was certainly a rapid change from wet to dry.

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