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Flooding advisories issued for area counties: 4 to 6 inches in some areas, NWS

Flood advisories for Dickey, LaMoure and southeast Stutsman counties followed heavy rains in these areas on Thursday, according to Adam Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

“We’ve had 4 to 6 inches of rain falling across those areas, with several reports of road closings because of water and it looks like the flooding is continuing across those areas,” Jones said. The front is now moving east and continued light rain is expected Thursday afternoon and into Friday morning, he said. The rain should amount to about an inch with more isolated storms, he said.

If heavier storms do develop there could be an another inch or 2 but not as widespread as earlier Thursday, he said. Eastern North Dakota including Fargo and Valley City could see more rain on Friday, he said.

Generally speaking most of the areas involved in the flood advisory are experiencing above average precipitation for July, Jones said. The end of July and the month of August tend to be a drier period, he said.

“Last year was so dry that people have been pleased with all the rain this year, but we will reach a point when they will say, ‘OK, that is enough for now,’” Jones said. “I am not sure that we are there yet but if we receive much more I feel that people will be thinking differently about all the rain.”

Levi Taylor, a Ypsilanti farmer and board member with the Stutsman County Farm Bureau, said that corn, at least in his area, is standing about 12 feet and should not experience any damage from the heavy rain. It is difficult to know if pooling is occurring because the plants are so tall, he said.

Soybean fields may have a different experience with the heavy rain, especially in areas where water has pooled, he said. If the weather turns hot and dry then the heavy moisture will be helpful with recharging plants at this stage of growth, particularly with corn, as long as there isn’t another heavy rain until later in August, he said.

“This much rain is not welcome but it’s not as critical an issue at this point in the growing season than it would be for five to six weeks after planting,” Taylor said. “It’s never good to have excess moisture with small plants.”

The Friday forecast for Jamestown is partly sunny with a high near 75 degrees and northwest winds of 9 to 13 mph and gusts to 20 mph. The low Friday night should be around 59 degrees.

Saturday should be sunny with a high near 80 degrees, according to the Weather Service. Sunday should be partly sunny with a high near 80 degrees. There is a 30 percent chance of rain that increases to 50 percent in the evening.

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