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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published February 01 2012

Weather Talk: Winter may not even finish in top 20 for least snowiest

I have been asked numerous times in the past week if I thought Fargo-Moorhead would break the record for the least-snowy winter on record.

When I mention that we have already passed that mark, there always seems to be a sigh of disappointment from the person who asked. And when I say we may not even end up in the top 20 least-snowiest winters on record, the disappointment seems to change to a surprise. Recent winters have tended to skew our perception as to the frequency of brown winters in our area.

So far this winter, we have received about a foot of snow, already more than the winter of 1957-58, when only 9.3 inches was measured. The winter of 1911-12 recorded 23.9 inches and is currently ranked as the 20th least-snowy winter. Therefore, we need to record less than 12 more inches during all of February, March and April to even finish in the bottom 20. The last time we accomplished that was during the winter of 1986-87.

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