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In early Fall 2008, several large storm systems moved across the region, producing showers and thunderstorms, some with excessive rain amounts. As a result, the top soil was quite saturated in many locales. Fall harvest was slowed or stopped, and some rivers were seeing rare late season flooding. Based on preliminary data, this was the 2nd wettest fall so far on record at the University of North Dakota/NWS Climate Station, and the 2nd wettest in Fargo.

It is because of the record precipitation and above normal snowfall that NOAA's NWS was alerting the residents of the Red River Valley of the North of the potential of major flooding this 2009 spring.

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