September was wettest on record for the area

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

September was the wettest on record for the Benson area with 7.05 inches of rain. The old record was 6.52 inches from 1991. September rainfall was 4.28 inches more than the averge of 2.77 inches.

The first nine months of 2019 with 34.94 inches of precipitation were the wettest first nine months on record for the area as well. The previous recorded was 34.72 inches from 1986. The January to September rainfall was 12.04 inches more than the average of 22.9 inches.

The signs of the wet weather have lingered throughout the spring and summer, and now into the fall with standing water in fields and sump pumps running constantly. The Chippewa River at Benson’s western edge is back up to 10.8 feet, more than 2 feet above where it usually sits at this time of year.

“September of 2019 will be among the six wettest in history on a statewide basis,” University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley reports. “Many areas received between 5 and 10 inches for the month. At least 70 new daily rainfall records were set within the state climate network during the month...”


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