A band of thunderstorms, some severe, soaked fields and caused damage across an area south of Interstate 94 Monday night and into Tuesday morning.
"It was a warm front stalled over us," said Daryl Ritchison, director of the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network. "Thunderstorms spawned along the edge."
Most of the thunderstorm activity was south of Interstate 94 in Stutsman and adjacent counties.
The heavy rain prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood advisory for southeastern Kidder County, northeastern LaMoure County and southern Stutsman County until 4 p.m. June 8. The advisory said much of the area had received 4 to 6 inches of rain in less than 24 hours.
Reports from residents of the area to The Jamestown Sun included wind damage at a farm southwest of Medina and near Dickey, up to 9 inches of rain flooding a farmyard near Medina and other reports of 5 or more inches of rain in that area.
Officially, the National Weather Service reported 1.22 inches of rain overnight and this morning in Jamestown, although rain gauge reports from around the community varied.
Richison said the automated NDAWN reporting station at Marion reported the most rain in the region at 3.69 inches. The NDAWN station 10 miles west of Jamestown reported 2.4 inches while the Courtenay area received just 0.2 inches and the Streeter NDAWN station was nearly dry at 0.07 inches of precipitation in two days.
Radar reports from around the region reported as much as 9 inches of rain in some areas with widespread areas of between 4 and 8 inches of rain.
The radar images also indicated that rainfall amounts varied greatly across the region.
"You could have a difference between 1 inch and 5 inches in just five miles," Ritchison said.
The rain will help alleviate drought conditions in some areas, he said.
"If you get 5 inches of rain in 12 hours, a lot of that runs off rather soaks in," Ritchison said. "It could be a drought buster for some."