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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published June 29 2013

Weather Talk: First six months of 2013 set record for rain in F-M

Yesterday in this space, I wrote about the huge range in precipitation amounts across Fargo-Moorhead in recent weeks. Rain totals from north metro to south metro have varied by as much as 5 inches in the past five weeks. But because the official statistics are kept at the airport, the first six months of 2013 will go down as the wettest on record in Fargo-Moorhead.

In total, January through June, the airport recorded 20.63 inches of rain and melted snow. That is nearly 2 inches greater than the previous record for that period set in 2000, when 18.83 inches fell during that time frame. As a reference, only 7.42 inches was recorded during the first half of 2012.

A vast majority of the rainfall this year occurred in May and June, principally from two events – the 4.62 inches on May 29 and 30 and the 3.96 inches that fell this past Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.

In total, 14.89 inches of rain fell at the airport these past two months, which is more than fell during all of 2012.

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