A Rainy “Month”

Some parts of northeastern North Dakota has recorded nearly a foot of rain in the past 30 days.  Last year that same approximate area had localized areas record around 10 inches of rain.  In other words, 2015 and 2016 has been exceptionally wet, especially in portions of northeastern North Dakota during the late spring and early summer season.  I am often asked if these rain events are caused by this reason or that reason with those ideas usually deal with some local land feature.   In reality our weather is a global phenomenon and although local features will create some microclimatic differences, these periods when certain areas seem to get hit over and over again are associated with large scale forces well beyond the possible influences of small localized impacts.

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30 Day Rain totals from NDAWN mesonet stations

 

Daryl Ritchison