We knew it was a record -- but 2013 finished strong for precipitation adding to a mark that may be hard to top.
The final tally for precip in the year at the NDSU Extension Center south of Minot is officially 33-point-two-eight inches.
The old record was shattered -- by more than six inches as measured by Jim Tarasenko at the Extension Center.
To look at it another way, the average precipitation total for our region is just under 17 inches a year, and we almost doubled that last year.
(Jim Tarasenko, NDSU Extension Ctr) "We were above normal precip or moisture for ten consecutive months and that started in Feb. We were below normal in November but we went almost double the moisture again in December. I guess November was just a blip on the charts. Out of the last ten years, we have had a lot of moisture. We are definitely in a long term wet cycle. How long this lasts...I don't know."
December was not only wet...but cold too -- Tarasenko says on average we were about 9 degrees below normal for the final month of the year.