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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published September 19 2013

Weather Talk: State precipitation records don’t always tell local story

According to data compiled by the National Climatic Data Center, the summer of 2013 was the 54th-driest on record for the state of North Dakota and the 32nd-driest on record for the state of Minnesota.

But statistics for states the size of North Dakota and Minnesota do not necessarily tell the local story. North Dakota was split between being moderately wet in the north-central and northwestern part of the state to being very dry in the eastern half of North Dakota, with the area around Jamestown recording one

of the driest summers

on record.

As a whole, the state finished near average, although very few areas recorded near-normal precipitation. Minnesota generally recorded a dry summer statewide, with the exception of the south-central part of the state.

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