Records fall like rain

At the North Central Research and Extension Center immediately south of Minot, where a new yearly record for rainfall was set in September, another .24 inches of rain was recorded as of 7 a.m. Monday.

That pushed the yearly total at that location to 30.22 inches. The old record of 26.99 inches was set in 1975. This year’s amount is certain to climb. Rainfall that continued throughout the day Monday will not be officially tallied and added to the record total until today.

At the Minot International Airport .61 of rain was recorded between 7 p.m. Sunday and 3:25 p.m. Monday and the rain was still falling, pushing total precipitation for the year at the Airport to 24.02 inches and climbing. The yearly average is 17.19 inches. The mark already reached this year at the Airport is 5th highest

all-time, easily surpassing the 23.27 inches recorded in 1953. To further put this year’s rainfall in perspective, the Minot region has received nearly 12 inches more rain this year than through the same date in 2012.

Although rain was still coming down late Monday, the total for October at the airport had already reached 1.68 inches. The 96-year average for October is 1.16 inches. The all-time standard for rainfall at the Airport is 28.39 inches set in 1975.

If even “average” rainfall occurs through the remainder of the year, .75 inches in November and .38 inches in December, this year will go down as the third wettest ever recorded at the Airport. Given the trend of wet weather this year and considering the October average for rainfall has already been exceeded with half the month remaining, it seems likely that more rain records will fall in the near future.