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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published June 29 2013

Weather Talk: Rain measurements show it’s all about location

As any Realtor will tell you, it is all about location, location, location. Just as two similar homes will sell for different prices based on location, the weather will vary greatly based on location as well.

There has probably never been a better example of this than the heavy rain events of the past month. On the evening of May 29 into early May 30, 4.62 inches of rain was recorded at Hector International Airport. The rain gauge at North Dakota State University, just one-half mile away, recorded around 3 inches, and portions of south Fargo, about 5 miles away, had less than 1.5 inches.

This past week, nearly 4 inches fell at the airport and, once again, a few miles away, some parts of the south metro reported less than 2 inches. The sensor at Hector International has recorded more than 20 inches of rain so far this year, a record for the first six months of a year, whereas if the sensor happened to be in a different part of town, the year would not even rank in the top 15.

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