Record rainfall soaks Minot area

Rain totals are climbing in Minot andits area after the extensive rainfall in the past days, and the rain isn’t expected to end for awhile yet.

The North Central Research and Extension Center, just south of Minot, recorded at 8 a.m., 2.63 inches of rainfall there in the past 24-hour period.

“The total rainfall here over the weekend was 3.22 inches,” said Jim Tarasenko, research specialist who records the weather data at 8 a.m. each day.

On Saturday, Tarasenko had recorded 0.59 of an inch of rain at the center.

Preliminary inches of rainfall according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck, including from its cooperative weather observers, are as follows, as of Monday at about 7:30 a.m. for the previous 24 hours:

Minot North Central Research and Extension Center: 2.63

Minot North Hill: 2.26

Minot airport: 2.34

Minot AFB: 2.30

Balfour: 1.45

Bottineau: .99

Dunn Center: 1.55

Garrison: 1.64

Killdeer: 1.65

Lansford: 1.75

Marshall: 2.26

Turtle Lake: 1.08

Underwood: .94

Watford City: 1.10

Williston: 1.03

Willow City: 1.18

Willow City also had an area unofficial recording of rainfall amounting to 2.60-2.65 inches, reported Monday morning.

The rain isn’t expected to let up until later Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. There’s a 90 percent chance of showers today and 60 percent chance tonight, falling to a 30 percent chance Wednesday and then partly cloudy Wednesday night.

Sunny to partly sunny weather is forecasted through Friday, but the chance of rain returns, going up to 40 percent chance for most of the time from Friday night through Sunday.