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Published October 19, 2012, 02:54 PM

Record Rain at Grand Forks Airport

It was a rare day Wednesday for this dry year at Grand Forks International Airport: a record amount of rain fell for the date.

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

It was a rare day Wednesday for this dry year at Grand Forks International Airport: a record amount of rain fell for the date.

According to Mark Ewens of the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks, 0.76 inch of rain fell, breaking the previous record for the date of 0.69 inch set in 2006.

Records at the airport go back to 1941.

Wednesday was the fifth day so far this year with record precipitation for the date at the airport, Ewens said. July 25, May 28, April 14 and March 23 were the other ones.

At the UND reporting site, 0.82 inch of rain fell Wednesday; the record is 1.8 inch, set in 1998, Ewens said.

Records at UND go back to 1890.

By about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, 0.20 inch of rain had fallen at the airport since midnight; 0.28 inch at UND, Ewens said. High winds of up to 39 mph with gusts up to 52 mphs were recorded at the airport Thursday; the average wind speed for the day was 23 mph.

Despite the rain, the long-term dry spell of the past year has kept the region in a deficit from normal precipitation.

By late Thursday afternoon, a total of 15.38 inches of precipitation has fallen since Jan. 1 at the airport, 3.14 inches below the 30-year norm.

Fargo’s Hector airport received 0.93 inch of rain Wednesday; the record for the date is 1.25 inch set in 1883. The airport saw 0.30 inch of rain by about 5 p.m. Thursday.

Fargo has seen only an even 13 inches of precipitation since Jan. 1, 7.03 inches below normal, according to the weather service.

Much of Minnesota and North Dakota remains in drought or near-drought conditions and many local governments are beginning to address possible water shortages over the coming months.

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