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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published October 30 2012

Weather Talk: Records show it has rarely snowed here on Halloween

Today is the average date for first measurable snowfall in Fargo-Moorhead, although this is a moot point this year as we recorded our first measurable snowfall on Oct. 4.

Although today is the average date for our first snow accumulation, it has rarely snowed on Halloween. Since snow records started in 1885, measurable snow has been observed on only 13 occasions, so it’s been approximately once every 10 years or so. The last time we recorded measurable snow on this date was back in 1995, when 1 inch was measured. The record snowfall for today is 3.4 inches, which occurred in 1891.

With an average high today of only 48 degrees, wearing a costume that can be worn over something warm is commonplace in our climate. At least in most years, the kids (and parents) are only dealing with chilly temperatures – not snowfall – while they are trick or treating.


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