FARGO — Fargo experienced a lot of rainfall in September, with the total ranking as the 10th highest ever recorded for the month in the area.
About 4.47 inches of rain fell in the Fargo area in September, more than double the average rainfall of about 1.9 inches.
“This has been a wet year,” said Brad Hopkins, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, adding that eastern North Dakota experienced more than its average rainfall for the month of September.
Grand Forks in particular received heavy rain with just over 9 total inches recorded for the month, making it the wettest September in the city in at least 126 years.
Hopkins said the rain wasn’t evenly distributed across the region, pointing to a series of storms that played out in the Red River Valley Sept. 20, when areas like Fargo-Moorhead were largely spared from severe damage but Grand Forks issued flash flood warnings.
Storms early in September did create havoc in the Fargo-Moorhead area, where rain and wind gusts up to 70 mph left many without power.
While it's hard to predict what the rest of fall will bring, Hopkins said current trends show that October will experience its share of above average rainfall.
Hopkins noted that current rainfall cannot indicate how spring flooding will occur.
“Even if the rainy trend continues through October and November, it will not guarantee a snow melt flood,” WDAY meteorologist John Wheeler said in a recent Forum article.
Hopkins said spring flooding is more dependent on snowfall and how fast that snow melts.