WeatherTalk: Even with recent rain, the drought continues

June rainfall has just not been enough for the needs of most plant life at the present time.

Percentage of Normal June Rainfall to date

Sunday's rainfall was a nice, gentle, steady, soaker — the kind corn, beans, and lawns all like. Summer rains produce wide differences in rain totals, and this June is not an exception. Fargo officially received 1.07 inches and Grand Forks 0.44 inches, representative of the varying amounts around the region. The area around Fargo and points west along and just south of I-94 out past Jamestown are now wetter than average for June so far. A few bullseyes have received more than double the average.

On the other hand, much of the region around Grand Forks west to Devils Lake has gotten around half the average June rain amount so far. This, following such an extremely dry fall-winter-spring, is just not enough rain for the needs of most plant life. In fact, most of our region either needs rain or will need more significant rain within a week or so because of the dry condition of the soil.

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