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Moisture Record Shattered

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Every time it snows - even a little bit - there's a moisture record set in Minot.

The North Central Research Extension Center has temperature and precipitation records going back more than a century.

And 2013 is in the books as the wettest year in all that time.

Already more than 33 inches of moisture has fallen at the center just south of Minot.

(Jim Tarasenko, NCREC) "The previous record was set in 1975 and that was 26.99 inches. The average moisture for a calendar year is 16.95 inches so we're not quite double but almost and December's not over yet."

Tarasenko says November's precipitation total broke a ten month string of above-average moisture levels - November's total fell below average.

But already in December, we're received more precipitation than a normal December brings.

As for snow, Tarasenko says we're close to average this winter with just over 17 inches of snow compared to the average of just under 16 inches.

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