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Weather Talk: Rainy weather of past two weeks should not be concerning

It's another soggy, rainy fall. Last year, heavy fall rain more than once sent the Red River out of its banks and up into some of the park land in Fargo-Moorhead.

It's another soggy, rainy fall. Last year, heavy fall rain more than once sent the Red River out of its banks and up into some of the park land in Fargo-Moorhead.

Some are beginning to wonder if we are setting up for another spring flood. Rainfall this year from Sept. 1 through mid-October was 5.49 inches. Last year, rain over the same period was 8.63 inches. Although both of these are above average, last fall was a whole lot rainier than this fall. But the key ingredients to the spring flood of 2009 were the rapid snow melt in March combined with March rainfall, which not only broke the old record, but doubled it.

Until we get better flood protection in the Fargo-Moorhead area, there will always be reasons to be concerned about spring flooding. But the rainy weather of the past two weeks should not make anyone overly concerned.

Have a weather question you'd like answered? E-mail weather@wday.com , or write to WDAY Stormtracker, WDAY-TV, Box 2466, Fargo, ND 58108

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