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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published December 07 2012

Weather Talk: 2 extremely dry autumns in row for Bismarck area

September 2012 was the driest on record in Fargo-Moorhead. Only 0.12 inches of rain was recorded that month at Hector International, which was 0.01 inches less than in September 1974, the previous driest September on record.

Those extremely dry conditions in 1974 were not only confined to our area. Bismarck, for example, recorded only 0.05 inches of rain in September. That, by the way, was not a record for them, as a meager 0.02 inches of rain fell on Bismarck in September 1948.

Back to this year, the past three months ended up finishing well below average locally, although October and November were not as dry as September. In Bismarck, even with a slightly wetter November than average, the past three months ended up being the driest autumn on record for that city, with only 2.14 inches recorded during the season. The old record of 2.37 inches was recorded just last year meaning two straight extremely dry autumns for the Bismarck area.

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