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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Not your average August: Area drenched again Friday

By Jason Stuart

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

In one fell swoop, Glendive and Dawson County received much more rain early Friday morning than the area typically averages for the entire month of August.

The National Weather Service’s Glasgow reporting station received reports from around Glendive of up to 3 inches of rainfall by 7:30 a.m. Friday morning. The official gauge reading from the Glendive water treatment plant was 2.38 inches up to that time. Trained weather service spotters in other locations around town reported even more.

As noted, those readings were only up until 7:30 a.m., and rain, heavy at times, continued to fall throughout much of Friday. 

"You might have 4 inches by the time it’s all said and done,” Barnwell said.

At 4 p.m. Friday, Barnwell said radar readings showed up to 4 inches in some places in Dawson County. An official reading from Beach, N.D. at 2 p.m. showed that community had 4 inches of precipitation in 12 hours.

According to Barnwell, the storm system that hit Dawson County in the early hours of Friday morning was originally forecast to drop up to 1.5 inches of rain, but proved to be much slower moving than the weather service had anticipated.

“It’s not moving fast at all, it’s just sitting there, it’s not moving,” Barnwell said Friday morning. “There’s a lot of moisture up there for it to squeeze out.”

The recorded rainfall up to early Friday morning had pushed Glendive’s total precipitation for the month to 3.45 inches, already double the monthly average. Glendive averages 1.4 inches of rain in August. 

Highs in Glendive next weekend may be in the mid-70s or lower if the cold front arrives as expected.

Reach Jason Stuart at rrreporter@rangerreview.com.

Get the full story in the Sunday, August 17, 2014 print issue of the Ranger-Review.
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