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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published October 09 2013

Weather Talk: 20-year wet cycle appears to be hanging on strong

As the autumn season began, the area was in need of some rain. The months of July and August were one of the driest such stretches on record. But since Sept. 1, most of this area has recorded four significant rains, each in excess of an inch.

Fargo, for example, has recorded 5.79 inches of rain in the past six weeks, which is 2.64 inches above average for that period. The rain has been more than enough to remove much of this area from drought status.

With the exception of our very wet spring, this region had been quite dry for the past two years. Because of that and the extremely dry second half of summer, there was much talk about this area heading into an extended dry period. The reality is, a few rains do not mean a huge flood is coming any more than a few weeks of dry weather mean a severe drought is coming. An extended dry period will eventually come, but at least for now, our 20 years of wet weather looks to be hanging on strong.

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