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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published August 23 2012

Weather Talk: 2012 nowhere near setting the record for driest year

If Fargo-Moorhead were to get nary a drop of rain or a flake of snow for the remainder of the calendar year, 2012 would still not get the record for the driest year.

In fact, with 11.21 inches measured and four months to go, there are five other years with less rain from January through December: 1939 had 11.23 inches, 1910 had 10.50 inches, 1917 had 9.94 inches, and 1936 had 8.87 inches.

And the driest year on record was 1976 with 8.84 inches. And, of course, it is likely that at least a few showers and/or snow flurries will fall between now and New Year’s Eve.

So although this has certainly been a dry year so far, it is nowhere near a record.


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