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Published January 02, 2013, 09:55 PM

Fargo-Moorhead 2012 Weather in Review: Part 2

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - 2012 is going to be remembered as a warm and dry year in Fargo. At 6 we took a look back at the first half of the year, now Stormtracker Meteorologist Rob Kupec has the last six months and tells us where the year ranks.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - 2012 is going to be remembered as a warm and dry year in Fargo. At 6 we took a look back at the first half of the year, now Stormtracker Meteorologist Rob Kupec has the last six months and tells us where the year ranks.

Itasca State Park was left a mess after strong storms rolled through on the night of July 2nd. Vehicles were crushed and some campers split in two. Thankfully no one was seriously hurt.

Bemidji was also hard hit by the storm with hundreds of trees taken down in the city.

Just in time for the Fargo street fair, the year’s only 100 degree temperature was recorded on July 20th.

Heavy rains arrived four days later from Fargo south with some areas seeing up to five inches. For farmers in the area it was welcome relief for what was the second warmest July on record in Fargo.

The Red River dipped to its lowest level in eight years in August which saw the dry weather continue.

But September set the record with the lowest recorded rainfall for that month, when only .12 inches fell.

Then suddenly it was winter as an early season snowfall occurred on October 4th when Fargo picked up about an inch and a half of snow.

While the first nine months saw so many records the final three months saw near average precipitation and temperatures.

2012 will be remembered as a warm dry year with 18 record highs. That's the most record highs for any year in the books.

And precipitation for the year that came in more than eight inches below average

2012 would have been the warmest year on record in Fargo had it not been for the cold weather of the last week. This cold snap dropped us back to second behind 1987 only by 1/10 of a degree.

The 14 and a half inches of precipitation in Fargo last year ranks 2012 as the 10th driest on record.

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