A very wet 2013

Rainfall received in Minot in recent days has added to a very wet 2013.

The yearly rainfall record at the North Central Research and Extension Center just south of the city was surpassed earlier this month. Now, with another .73 inches of rain recorded at that location in the past several days, the old record of 26.99 inches has become even further submerged.

Following .37 inches of rain recorded at 8 a.m. Monday, and another .33 inches of rain at 8 a.m. Tuesday, the tally for the year at the Extension Center is 28.62 inches. That amount is a whopping 1.63 inches over the previous all-time mark and there is still more than three months remaining in the year.

At the Minot Airport on the city’s north side the rainfall total thus far in 2013 is approaching top-10 status. According to the National Weather Service .54 inches of rain was recorded at the airport as of early Tuesday morning, enough to bring the yearly amount at that reporting point to 11th on the all-time list.

Officially, 21.97 inches of rain has fallen at the airport to date in 2013. The amount is 7.4 inches more than the 96 year average of 17.19 inches, but short of the all-time airport record of 28.39 inches recorded in 1975.

Some 1.79 inches of rain has been recorded at the airport this September, which exceeds the monthly average of 1.46 inches. Average precipitation at the airport for the final three months of the year totals 2.29 inches. Although weather seldom tends to be “average,” such an occurrence would push the yearly precipitation total for 2013 at the airport well into the top-10 wettest years in the city’s history.

According to long range forecasts recently issued by the Climate Prediction Center, North Dakota can expect near normal temperature and precipitation for October through December.