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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published January 24 2012

Weather Talk: Area running 50 inches behind last winter’s snowfall

The 5.2 inches of snow that fell Sunday doubles our total for the winter.

Fargo-Moorhead snowfall now stands at 10.6 inches. This means we will not break the record for the least snow in a winter as we have now passed 9.3 inches, the record set in 1957-58.

We are running an impressive 50 inches behind last winter’s snowfall. At this point last winter, we had received just over 60 inches, on our way to 88.4.

Over the past three decades, average snowfall for a winter season has been 52 inches. If snowfall for what remains of the season is about average, this winter would finish with about 30 inches, or about 22 inches below average.

All but 2.9 inches of this winter’s snow has fallen in January, so far 6.7 inches. The average for January is 11.9 inches. February’s average snow is 7.1 inches; March’s is 9.7 inches. April’s snowfall average is 3.3 inches, but as this winter is demonstrating, it is far more likely than not that our weather is anything other than average.


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