Wet Fall Slows Harvest, Causes Flooding

Area residents are not imagining it, this fall has been pretty wet so far. Since the first of September 2008, several large storm systems have moved across the region, producing showers and thunderstorms, some with excessive rain amounts. As a result, the top soil is quite saturated in many locales, fall harvest has been slowed or stopped, and some rivers are seeing rare late season flooding.

Based on preliminary data, this is the 2nd wettest fall so far on record at the University of North Dakota/NWS Climate Station, and the 2nd wettest in Fargo. Below is a table of the top 10 wettest September 1 through October 15 for Fargo and Grand Forks.

Fargo Hector Field
Rain totals September 1 through October 15, 2008
Based on Preliminary data
Rank Value Ending Date
1 9.24 10/15/1903
2 8.63 10/15/2008
3 8.09 10/15/1982
4 7.52 10/15/1957
5 7.25 10/15/1999
6 6.44 10/15/1973
7 6.27 10/15/1889
8 6.26 10/15/1904
9 6.08 10/15/1881
10 5.99 10/15/1984

University of North Dakota/NWS
Climate station
Rain totals September 1 through October 15, 2008
Based on Preliminary data
Rank Value Ending Date
1 9.22 10/15/1957
2 9.20 10/15/2008
3 7.19 10/15/1973
4 7.03 10/15/1912 – some missing data
5 6.57 10/15/1950
6 6.55 10/15/1961
7 6.46 10/15/1981
8 6.25 10/15/1982
9 5.78 10/15/1900
10 5.67 10/15/1941 – some missing data

Below are totals for the same period based on local rain reports.

...FROM NDAWN (NORTH DAKOTA AGRICULTURE WEATHER NETWORK) SITES...

                                         OCT 9-13 SEPT 1-13

ADA 1N (NORMAN CO. MN)...................1.84      9.52
BAKER 1N (BENSON CO. ND).................1.64      4.45
CANDO 2SE (TOWNER CO ND).................1.48      5.68
CAVALIER 5W (PEMBINA CO ND)..............1.72      8.98
CRARY 1E (RAMSEY CO ND)..................1.27      6.11
DAZEY 2E (BARNES CO ND)..................1.61      4.93
EKRE (RICHLAND CO ND)....................3.17      8.06
ELDRED 2W (POLK CO MN)...................3.46      7.50
FARGO - NDSU (CASS CO ND)................2.57      8.51
FINGAL 4W (BARNES CO ND).................2.29      7.45
FOREST RIVER 7WNW (WALSH CO ND)..........1.37      5.67
GALESBURG 4SSW (CASS CO ND)..............1.55      4.48
GRAFTON 12E (WALSH CO ND)................1.16      4.65
GRAND FORKS 3S (GRAND FORKS CO ND).......1.76      7.42
GREENBUSH 7W (ROSEAU CO MN)..............1.25      5.69
HILLSBORO 7SE (TRAILL CO ND).............1.93      8.24
HUMBOLDT 4S (KITTSON CO MN)..............1.04      5.31
LANDGON 1E (CAVALIER CO ND)..............1.34      5.79
LEONARD 5N (CASS CO ND)..................2.99      8.92
LIBSON 2W (RANSOM CO ND).................3.02      7.30
MAVIE 3WSW (PENNINGTON CO MN)............2.00      7.66
MAYVILLE 2E (TRAILL CO ND)...............1.72      6.12
MCHENRY 8N (EDDY CO ND)..................1.59      7.08
MICHIGAN 2W (NELSON CO ND)...............1.38      6.55
PERLEY 6E (NORMAN CO MN).................1.94      9.01
PILLSBURY 1N (BARNES CO ND)..............1.85      6.69
PROSPER 5NW (CASS CO ND).................2.44     10.50
ROSEAU 11S (ROSEAU CO MN)................1.44      4.91
SABIN 2 NE (CLAY CO MN)..................2.78      8.64
ST THOMAS 2WSW (PEMBINA CO ND)...........1.21      6.42
STEPHEN 8ENE (MARSHALL CO MN)............1.25      5.69
WAPHETON 6N (RICHLAND CO ND).............3.42      9.11
WARREN 6SW (POLK CO MN)..................2.01      7.54
WYNDMERE 2E (RICHLAND CO ND).............3.55      9.98



...AREA AIRPORT ASOS/AWOS RAINFALL TOTALS FOR SEPT 1 TO OCT 13...

BAUDETTE ASOS............6.60
FARGO ASOS...............8.63
GRAND FORKS ASOS.........8.35
PARK RAPIDS ASOS.........7.46

BEMIDJI AWOS.............NOT AVAILABLE
DETROIT LAKES AWOS.......6.86
DEVILS LAKE AWOS.........6.64
ELBOW LAKE AWOS..........4.67
FERGUS FALLS AWOS........5.80
FOSSTON AWOS.............8.54
GFK AIR FORCE BASE ASOS..7.19
HALLOCK AWOS.............4.75
JAMESTOWN ASOS...........4.87
ROSEAU AWOS..............4.90
STAPLES AWOS.............6.36
THIEF RIVER FALLS AWOS...6.74
WADENA AWOS..............4.40
WAHPETON AWOS............NOT AVAILABLE
WASKISH AWOS.............4.62

NWS GRAND FORKS OFFICE...9.20

Finally, below is a graphic of the area based on preliminary climate data.

Sep 1 through Oct 15 rainfall

For current forecasts of rivers and lakes, go to the Grand Forks NWS office at www.weather.gov/grandforks and click on the Rivers and Lakes AHPS link.



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