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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published June 13 2013

Weather Talk: Precipitation sets record for January through May

The January-through-May official precipitation total of 12.90 inches for Fargo-Moorhead this year is the most ever recorded over those five months (dating back to 1881). Fargo-Moorhead is one good storm away from exceeding the 12-month total of 14.52 inches.

The total from 2012, though dry, is nowhere near the 12-month record low of 8.84 inches set in 1976. Likewise, the remaining months of 2013 will need to be particularly rainy in order to break the annual record maximum of 34.75 inches set in 2000.

The turnaround from being in a drought last year to becoming saturated so quickly this year is remarkable. However, it should be pointed out that the record-dry year in 1976 was followed by what was then the wettest year on record in 1977, when 32.28 inches of precipitation was recorded.

Weather in these parts is variable. The weather records of Fargo-Moorhead teach us to expect extreme variety.

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