Down comes the rain

Minot’s precipitation totals have gone above long-term averages.

Since Jan. 1, the North Central Research and Extension Center south of Minot has had a total of 21.17 inches of moisture, said research specialist Jim Tarasenko on Tuesday. He said the long-term average for the center is 16.95 inches. The record for the most moisture in a year is 26.99 inches set in 1975.

The Minot International Airport on North Hill had 28.39 inches of precipitation in 1975, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service lists the average yearly rainfall at the airport at 17.19 inches.

Minot received more than an inch of rain from storms that passed through the area Monday night and during the early morning hours Tuesday.

Tarasenko said as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, 1.35 inches of rain were recorded at the center for the past 24-hour period.

The airport reported 1.07 inches and Minot Air Force Base had .86 of an inch of 24-hour precipitation ending at 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to the weather service.

The 2013 monthly precipitation totals at the center, according to Tarasenko, were: May, 6.45 inches (long-term average is 2.36 inches); June, 5.14 inches (long-term average is 3.20 inches); and July, 4.64 inches (long-term average is 2.31 inches).

He said the winter of 2012-2013 was the fourth snowiest winter on record with 73 inches. April of this year was the coldest on record according to records going back 107 years, he said.