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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published December 24 2012

Weather Talk: Snow on the ground this Christmas close to average

Last year, Fargo-Moorhead had no snow for Christmas. Other recent brown Christmases included 2006, 1999 and 1994. Our historic average for having a white Christmas is 84 percent, meaning that approximately once every seven years, we have no snow on the ground on this morning.

This year we are experiencing a white Christmas. You may remember that a year ago today, I forecasted a white Christmas in 2012. It was based on the fact that the odds favored me being right and that locally there have never been two brown December Christmases in a row since such records have been kept.

Although we do not have a lot of snow on the ground, it is close to the historic average of 4 inches for this date. The extremely snowy Decembers from 2007 to 2010 tended to skew our perception of how white the ground usually is this time of year. Actually, the amount of snow on the ground today and our total for the season are both pretty close to the average.

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