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Report: Valley moisture level high

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The return of colder weather means the spring melt is probably a few weeks away.

But when the melt comes, it will unlock moisture embedded in the snowpack in the southern Red River Valley that remains higher than it was at this point in 2009, the year of the record Red River flood in Fargo-Moorhead.

Still, a major ingredient of that flood, which crested at 40.84 feet in Fargo, was the record 4.62 inches of moisture that fell in March 2009, including heavy rain.

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