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Published September 10, 2013, 08:41 AM

Rainfall sets records across North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Storms that pushed through North Dakota early Monday set daily rainfall records in five major cities.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Storms that pushed through North Dakota early Monday set daily rainfall records in five major cities.

Bismarck, Dickinson, Minot, Jamestown and Fargo all set records for the date. Bismarck had the most rain, with 1.76 inches, breaking a record set 100 years ago, according to National Weather Service reports.

"It is a little unusual, especially for the early part of September when it starts to dry up," meteorologist Patrick Ayd told the Minot Daily News.

It's the wettest year on record on the southern edge of Minot — though not on the northern side, where the weather service measures rainfall.

Recent rains pushed the yearly total at the North Central Research and Extension Center on the south side to 27.51 inches, breaking the 1975 record of 26.99 inches. Record-keeping at the North Dakota State University center goes back more than a century, spokesman Jim Tarasenko said.

The plentiful rain is good for crops in the region, Tarasenko told KXMC-TV, but he also joked that if the trend continues the rest of the year there will be a bad side.

"All we need is the temps to come down and we are going to get clobbered with snow," he said.

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