September will be driest on record, barring no measurable rainFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - If we don't get any measurable rain this week, this September will go down as the driest on record. Stormtracker Meteorologist Rob Kupec has the visual proof of how our drought has brought the Red River down.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - If we don't get any measurable rain this week, this September will go down as the driest on record. Stormtracker Meteorologist Rob Kupec has the visual proof of how our drought has brought the Red River down.
This is an image of the midtown dam by the U.S. Geological Survey from today.
And this is what it looked like exactly one year ago with far more water going over.
It's also noticeable south of Main Avenue Bridge this is 2011. Last September was the 4th driest on record with only .23 inches of rain. Note the water level on the bridge.
And this is today, the water doesn't tough the bridge. The Red River is running at about 13.8 feet, that’s about 2.5 feet lower than last year.
The gauge that measures the river height here in Fargo is actually behind the midtown dam so it probably reads a little higher than the river levels actually are.
And this month’s potentially record dry weather is only adding to the decrease in the Red but holding on to number one will be close.
Daryl Ritchison, Meteorologist: "If by chance we would get 2/10th of an inch on Sunday, all of a sudden you go from the driest to not so impressive just because of a tenth of an inch. Sometimes one shower can make a big difference."
But it does look like we'll be heading into another winter with even lower River levels.
If we get even 2/100ths of an inch of rain between now and Sunday, we'll drop out of the number one spot.