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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published November 06 2012

Weather Talk: Dry fall no comparison to wet autumn of 2008

Since the first of September, the rain gauge at Hector International Airport in Fargo has received about 2.5 inches of rain. Almost none of that (0.12 inch) fell in September. October precipitation was about average, but overall the fall remains more than 2 inches below average. This follows a dry summer, spring, winter and previous fall.

Compare this to the fall of 2008, when we received more than 10 inches of rain in September and October and got another inch during the first week of November. Following that, Fargo-Moorhead was buried under a record 33.5 inches of snow in December.

The snows would continue to fall regularly the rest of that winter of 2008-09, and when March came, it started raining. What followed, of course, was the terrible flood of 2009 and two more floods the following springs. But it all started with that wet fall four years ago.

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