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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published October 09 2012

Weather Talk: Oct. 4 snow third-earliest 1-inch snowfall on record

The 1.4 inches of snow that fell on Oct. 4 was the third-earliest 1-inch snowfall on record in Fargo-Moorhead. The last time a 1-inch snow fell this early was on Oct. 2, 1950. The earliest 1-inch snowfall on record occurred 100 years ago, when 2 inches fell on Sept. 25, 1912.

Although the snow last week was technically the earliest such event in over 60 years, if you add a few days to the calendar, a similar event occurred not long ago. On Oct. 11, 2006, it snowed lightly throughout the day, with 1.6 inches being measured. Granted, it was not part of a huge storm as was the case last week, but locally it produced similar results.

Astute readers may remember that 2006 was our last warm, dry summer. Coincidence? In many ways, yet, no one should be surprised that comparable weather patterns will sometimes produce very similar results later in a year. For interest’s sake only, the winter of 2006-07 produced 38.8 inches of snow.


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