McKinney, ND is a collection of hard scrabble farms just a few miles south of the Canadian border on the dusty high plains of North Dakota. Hard to find on any map, it’s barely an intersection where two farm highways meet. The vast flat land bakes in the summertime with temperatures often exceeding 100 and in the winter the mercury routinely dips below zero. Rainfall averages less than 20” a year. But on June 15, 1879 7.07” of rain fell establishing a record, incredibly on the same date of June 15 in 1897 almost 8” of rain fell establishing yet another record.
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