When you think of dry summers in the Red River Valley, the years 1936, 1976, 1988 and 1989 usually come to mind. How is 2006 fairing in comparison to those years?
Below you will find the total rainfall in Fargo/Moorhead for June though July 15th (approxiate half-ways point of summer) for each year:
So this year hasn’t been a record, but it certainly ranks right up there as one of the driest starts of a summer in the past 100 years. All the years listed ended up dry, only time will tell if the summer of 2006 will finish as dry as it has started.