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Published August 12, 2010, 08:42 AM

How does this year's summer weather compare to others?

(WDAY TV) - The summer weather is the talk around many homes and workplaces, but how does this year actually compare to others. Again today, many communities experienced rain and strong winds, which just adds to the already miserable months for some.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

It seems time and time again, we've heard those unwanted weather bulletins. Severe storm, tornado, flash flood watches, but this year isn't as bad as we think.

For most of us, dark skies like this are all too common this summer. Not a welcomed sight, but for some, this wicked weather isn't bad.

“We've had heat which will produce plenty of rain and crops are good.”

Mike Driscoll sells produce. Overall, business is good. Tomatoes and corn are being picked weeks earlier than last year.

“Anytime you can start selling sweet corn in the middle of July, it just extends the season and you get to sell a little more.”

This summer is the busiest and one of the most unusual WDAY 6 Meteorologist John Wheeler can remember. The National Weather Service has issued 120 tornado warnings, 80 have been verified. Many powerful twisters have hit structures, causing widespread damage. One of the worst in recorded history.

“There hasn't been a summer like this. This has been the wildest, craziest, stormiest one that we've had in at least a couple of decades.”

As for the wetness, it may just be in our heads. From Mayville to Grand Forks, people are seeing below average rainfall, but elsewhere another story. Parts of Otter Tail County are at records levels.

“Here in Fargo-Moorhead, if you take the summer as a whole, June, July, August so far we're only at 130% of normal so a little above average but hardly unusual.”

Fargo is at 9.35 inches. In 1944, it had 18.88. 2000 there was 17.22 inches and in 2005, just more than 17. So not all is gloom and doom, brighter days are ahead. In fact, maybe all this talk is just that.

“We're real happy with the way the weather's been.”

Since 2000, the Red River has topped flood stage of 18 feet every summer, some even close to 30 feet, except in 2006 and this summer.