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Daryl Ritchison, Published December 25 2010

Weather Talk: Christmas Day snowstorm of ’09 was rare occurance

For 128 years of record keeping, Christmas Day came and went with very little snow falling in Fargo-Moorhead. On only one occasion, back in 1912, did snow accumulate to any consequence when 3.6 inches was measured.

Sure, there was a dusting here or there, but something most would call a snowstorm just did not occur.

Considering our climate, I always found it odd that Christmas Day had always avoided any significant snowfall.

Of course that all changed in 2009. A year ago, we were in the middle of a large and powerful storm that dropped anywhere from 10 to 20 inches of snow over much of the region. In Fargo-Moorhead, 17.3 inches fell during the four-day storm, with 8.1 inches being measured on Christmas Day.

This year, the weather takes us back to Christmas past with a more peaceful and quiet day for the area. We may all dream of a white Christmas, but most of us probably prefer it not snow on Christmas Day, itself.

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