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April was wettest on record for Grand Forks, second wettest for Fargo

Despite a very wet close, April 2022 in Fargo just missed making it into the record books when it comes to precipitation, while Grand Forks easily surpassed its precipitation record for April.

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FARGO — Despite a very wet close, April 2022 in Fargo just missed making it into the record books when it comes to precipitation, while Grand Forks easily surpassed its precipitation record for April.

With 5.45 inches of precipitation, April 2022 earned a second-place spot as far as the monthly precipitation standings in Fargo are concerned, which was just shy of the record 5.49 inches in 1886, according to WDAY meteorologists.

April gave it a good try, though, with about 1.6 inches of rain falling in the Fargo area between early afternoon on Friday, April 29, and midnight Saturday.

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Fresh snowfall collects in a yard in north Fargo on Thursday, April 14, 2022.
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According to WDAY meteorologists, the third-wettest April in Fargo occurred in 1986, when the area saw 5.28 inches of precipitation.

The average April precipitation in Fargo is about 1.4 inches.

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Meanwhile, Grand Forks set a precipitation record for the month of April with 6.49 inches, easily besting the 5.28 inches of precipitation that fell in April in 1896.

The third-wettest April in Grand Forks was in 1937, when 4.62 inches of precipitation fell.

April 2022 in Grand Forks was also the third-snowiest April on record with 16.1 inches.

Moisture aside, when it comes to cold weather, April 2022 tied with April of 1956 as the eighth-coldest April in the Fargo area out of 140 on record, WDAY meteorologists said. The average temperature in April both years was 34.9 degrees.

April 2018 was the sixth-coldest on record with an average temperature of 34.5 degrees, while April 2013 was the fifth-coldest April in the Fargo area with an average temperature of 33.8 degrees,

April of 1893 was the chilliest of all in the Fargo area, with an average temperature of 33 degrees.

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