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Daryl Ritchison, Published November 11 2012

Weather Talk: Our cold season can also be called out dry season

November is the beginning of what I like to call our cold season, and it is also the beginning of what could be called our dry season.

From Nov. 1 through Feb. 28, Fargo-Moorhead only averages 3.14 inches of liquid equivalency (rain and melted snow). That is less than our average precipitation in the month of June (3.90 inches). The average precipitation in November is 1 inch, December 0.83 inches, January 0.70 inches with February the driest with 0.61 inches.

Although last year that stretch recorded a below average 2.15 inches of moisture, our dry season totals in recent years have generally been well above average. From November through February in both 2008-09 and 2009-10, we recorded nearly 5 inches of rain and melted snow during this stretch, and that does not include what fell in March.

If you are curious, the current average March precipitation is 1.30 inches, which could also be included in our list of dry season months.


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