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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published September 10 2013

Weather Talk: Sunday, Monday storms heaviest rain since June

Rainfall of 1.65 inches Sunday and Monday was the heaviest rain since June. In fact, those two thunderstorms produced more rainfall than all the rain that fell during July and August (1.29 inches).

The total rainfall (including melted snow) for 2013 is now 23.57 inches, which is more than the average for an entire year (22.69 inches). At the end of June, we had accumulated 20.63 inches, but dry weather the remainder of the summer did little to add to the total.

The dry late-summer weather certainly produced a short-term moisture deficit, which left yards brown and crops parched. Rivers and reservoirs are not particularly low due to the overall wetness of the year. Conditions are much drier west of the Red River Valley, where the spring and early summer was much drier.

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