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Region Hits Precipitation Record

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This latest rain event that the region has experienced was wide-ranging in rainfall totals.

To the south, Bismarck received more than two inches of rain...while Minot didn't even top an inch.

But while points south got hit harder, the rain that fell in Minot was enough to make 2013 a record year.

Perry Olson has that tonight.

(Perry Olson - KX News) "It is official, 2013 is the wettest year on record. So says Jim Tarasenko with the NCREC...and there is still a lot of this year left to go."

(Jim Tarasenko - NCREC) "We almost have four more months to go..."

And that means the record will doubt be added to quite a few times in 2013. But already, on the 9th of September, a new mark has been established.

(Jim Tarasenko - NCREC) "This is the 108th year on my computer. The record year was 1975, it was 26.99 inches and we are at 27.51 inches at 8am this morning."

The year was trending toward a record all along...in fact, January was the only month thus far we haven't exceeded the average for precipitation...and September shouldn't change that run.

(Jim Tarasenko - NCREC) "Already this month we are at 1.04 at 8am this morning and the average for September is 1.52."

If we bypass that mark...that would be 8 straight months of above average precip...that leads to a record year no doubt. It hasn't been bad...yards are green...and yields for many have been very strong -- God's irrigation system is usually best for the farmer...

(Jim Tarasenko - NCREC) "How could you have it any better even if you were irrigating then this year? Seems like we haven't gone too long and we have rain again."

While rain is something most can handle...we could be headed toward something most would prefer to fend off for a bit...that's right -- Tarasenko has a feeling about what 2013 could bring in it's final act...

(Jim Tarasenko - NCREC) "The trend is wet and all we need is the temps to come down and we are going to get clobbered with snow!"

We'll wait and see if that happens...but any precip from here on out will just be adding to a mark never seen before in the recorded history here. In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

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