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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published May 14 2013

Weather Talk: Past year and half driest such stretch since 1980s

Fargo-Moorhead has recorded about 6 inches of precipitation this year, with a vast majority of it in the form of melted snow. Although that is nearly 1 inch above average for the year, the past 18 months have been quite dry overall.

The past year and a half was the driest such stretch since the drought in the 1980s. The abundant snowfall during February and March that led to some flooding tended to be localized in areas of the southern Red River Valley into west-central Minnesota. For instance, Jamestown and Grand Forks are running precipitation deficits for the year. Jamestown in particular has been exceptionally dry, with less than 3 inches of liquid precipitation since Jan. 1.

The corridor from south-central North Dakota through northwestern Minnesota is currently considered to be in moderate drought conditions. Even with a recent flood, the area around Fargo-Moorhead is currently listed as being abnormally dry.

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