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Source/Author: Joseph Brum - High Plains Regional Climate Center 10/03/12

Many areas continued to lack precipitation during the month of September in the High Plains Region. Much of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska were 1.0-2.0 inches (25-51 mm) below normal. The eastern portions of the three states fared even worse, with precipitation totals ranging 2.0-3.0 inches (51-76 mm) below normal. Fargo, ND had its driest September on record only receiving 0.12 inches (3 mm) of precipitation. Aberdeen, SD also had its driest September on record, with a minuscule total of 0.01 inches (2.5 mm). The central portion of Colorado did receive some much needed rain in September. Some areas in Colorado had precipitation totals 1.0-2.0 inches (25-51 mm) above normal. Denver, CO received 2.95 inches (75 mm) for the month, making it the 5th wettest September on record. A small area in eastern Kansas received above normal precipitation for the month, with much of that coming when the remnants of Hurricane Isaac passed through at the beginning of the month.  

Check out the table below to see rankings from your area and across the High Plains Region. (Records refer to either smallest amount or largest amount of precipitation depending on the ranking)

 

Location

September Total Precipitation(in) / Rank

Record or Previous Record (in) / Year

Period of Record

Alamosa, CO

1.10 / 28th wettest

2.62 / 1938

1906-2012

Colorado Springs, CO

1.42 / 37th wettest

5.91 / 2011

1894-2012

Denver, CO

2.95 /5th wettest

4.67 / 1961

1872-2012

Grand Junction, CO

0.46 / 40th driest

0.00 / 1953* 

1893-2012

Pueblo, CO

0.73 / 51st wettest

3.93 / 1909

1888-2012

Concordia, KS

1.08 / 23rd driest

0.08 / 1956

1885-2012

Dodge City, KS

0.91 / 49th driest

0.01 / 1998*

1874-2012

Goodland, KS

0.45 / 26th driest

0.01 / 1992*

1895-2012

Salina, KS

2.06 / 33rd wettest

12.05 / 1967

1948-2012

Topeka, KS

0.58 / 6th driest

0.19 / 1908

1887-2012

Wichita, KS

2.64 / 62nd wettest

12.96 /2008

1888-2012

Grand Island, NE

0.47 / 7th driest

0.01 / 1998

1895-2012

Lincoln, NE

1.73 / 41st driest

0.00 / 1894

1887-2012

Norfolk, NE

0.61 / 9th driest

0.26 / 1940

1893-2012

North Platte, NE

0.10 / 4th driest

0.00 / 1953

1874-2012

Omaha, NE

1.59 / 35th driest

0.24 / 1888

1871-2012

Scottsbluff, NE

0.79 / 50th driest

0.00 / 1953 

1893-2012

Valentine, NE

0.22 / 9th driest

0.07 / 1953

1889-2012

Bismarck, ND

0.05 / 3rd driest 0.02 / 1948

1874-2012

Fargo, ND

0.12 / driest

0.13 / 1974

1881-2012

Grand Forks, ND

0.20 / 3rd driest

0.10 / 1897

1893-2012

Williston, ND

0.08 / 5th driest

0.01 / 1899

1894-2012

Aberdeen, SD

0.01 / driest

0.05 / 1979

1893-2012

Huron, SD

0.60 / 27th driest

0.00 / 1998

1881-2012

Rapid City, SD

0.14 / 4th driest

0.03 / 1975*

1942-2012

Sioux Falls, SD

1.14 / 21st driest

0.20 / 2011

1893-2012

Casper, WY

0.31 / 19th driest

0.07 / 1956

1939-2012

Cheyenne, WY

1.30 / 52nd driest

4.52 / 1973

1872-2012

Lander, WY

0.35 / 30th driest

0.00 / 1932*

1891-2012

Sheridan, WY

0.00 / driest*

0.04 / 1938

1907-2012


*indicates multiple years, latest year listed

 

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