After two major rain storms inside of a week, all of our short-term water needs are negative. In other words, it can please stop raining now. Fargo (officially at the airport) received 1.03 inches last weekend followed by another 0.85 inches Wednesday. This brings the October total to 2.20 inches. September rain was 3.14 inches, bringing the fall total to 5.34 inches, which is 1.64 inches above average. Grand Forks (official at the National Weather Service office) has received 2.55 inches since last weekend and 4.03 inches since Sept. 1, which is 1.06 inches above average.

Our region remains drier than average for the year by around 3 inches in Grand Forks and 5 inches in Fargo, which explains how the topsoil is so muddy even though lakes and reservoirs are lower than average. Should the snow pack become wet and heavy by spring, the wet topsoil would likely lead to faster runoff, superseding any flooding benefit from lower water storage levels.

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