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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published December 20 2011

Weather Talk: Winter of 1943 didn’t see first 1-inch snowfall until Jan. 27

We have had several brown Christmases since records have been kept, but recently someone asked me if we had ever made it to Christmas Day without an official snowcover.

Although on a couple of occasions we have had a trace reported for snow depth, at no point have we had 1 inch or more reported on the ground this season. Our last brown Christmas, in 2006, we did have 1 inch reported on the ground for one week in early December. The brown Christmas in 1999 had either 1 or 2 inches reported on the ground for 11 days before Christmas.

The last time we had a truly brown Christmas was in 1943, when at no time was there more than a trace reported on the ground before Christmas Day. That winter the first

1-inch snowfall occurred Jan. 27. Although the ground was brown that year, the residents of Fargo-Moorhead were at least treated to some Christmas flurries.

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