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Rainfall is bittersweet for farmers

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 17th, 2013

The Rio Grande runs high and strong at The Plaza on Rio Grande County Road 5 North Monday. The water is black because of ash runoff from the West Fork Complex Fire. Courier photo by Lauren Krizansky

Courier staff water

VALLEY Late summer storms brought potato harvest to a halt in the Valley this past weekend, but ditches filled to the brim in September are making the delay easier to endure.

This month, the Valley has seen about 1.78 inches of precipitation, according to National Weather Service (NWS) reports. The lingering summer monsoons have deposited about 1.26 inches more rain than the monthly average, with the bulk of it coming down this past weekend.

On September 12, almost three-fourths of an inch of rain fell in a 24-hour period, an amount that rivals autumn rains a decade ago. In 2003, 1.17 inches poured down in a day, and in 2002, .72 inches covered the Valley in the same timeframe.

For the complete article see the 09-17-2013 issue.

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