Record rainfall of 1.96 inches falls overnight in Grand ForksBy: Kevin Bonham, Grand Forks Herald
Record rain fell in Grand Forks late Tuesday night.
The National Weather Service reports that 1.96 inches of rain fell at Grand Forks International Airport. That breaks the record of 1.30 inches, set in 1993.
Rainfall totaled 2.06 inches at the Weather Service office in Grand Forks, breaking the record of 1.22 inches in 1902.
The rain fell mostly along the U.S. Highway 2 corridor.
“It was a fairly good swath,” Meteorologist Vince Godon said.
Another band, along and south of Interstate 94, produced rainfall totals of as much as 3 to 6 inches in some points between Valley City, N.D., and Wadena, Minn.
Fargo also set a record, with 2.35 inches, breaking the mark of 1.05 inches in 1993.
While heavy rain fell in the Grand Forks area, others points to the north and between the U.S. 2 and I-94 swaths received little moisture.
Devils Lake officially recorded 2.7 inches, while reports from the basin were as high as 3.8 inches, according to Jeff Frith, manager of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource District. Rainfall totaled 1.30 inches southwest of Tolna, N.D., and 0.65 inch in the Brocket, N.D., area.
Crookston, Minn., received between an inch and 1.5 inches, according to a report from Mid-Valley Grain Co-op. Meanwhile, Thompson, N.D., received about one inch, while Reynolds, N.D. recorded about 0.70 inch.
The Weather Service forecasts potential showers and thunderstorms tonight and Thursday, mainly across northwest Minnesota.
High temperatures are expected to be in the 80s today, then cooling to the 70s on Thursday, before rising back into the 80s for the weekend, according to the short-term forecast.
Here are some of the rainfall totals from around the region:
• Gilby, N.D., 1.71 inches.
• McVille, N.D., 1.25 inches.
• Lankin, N.D., 0.89 inch.
• Park River, N.D., 0.35 inch.
• Minto, N.D., 0.30 inch.
• Argyle, Minn., 0.28 inch.
• Starkweather, N.D., 0.21 inch.
• Cooperstown, N.D., 0.02 inch.
Alycia's critique: I guess I should have complained sooner - maybe we would have gotten more frequent rain this summer.