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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published December 26 2012

Weather Talk: F-M’s ‘nuisance snows’ keep us busy shoveling

Since good snow records have been kept in Fargo-Moorhead since the winter of 1891-92, a total of 5,013 inches of snow have been recorded in the city. That comes to an average of 41.3 inches in those 120 winters.

In this time frame, measurable snow (0.1 inch or greater) has occurred on 4,060 days. Whether this is your first winter in the area or if you have lived here your entire life, the next statistic will likely not surprise you. Of those 4,060 days with measurable snow, approximately 3,300 (80 percent) have been days with less than 1 inch of snow recorded. In other words, an amount many would describe as a dusting.

Granted, some of those days the snow started in the evening and more than an inch had fallen by morning. But the reality of our climate is that we get a lot of “nuisance” snows that keep us busy clearing off our driveways and sidewalks. Those frequent dustings also cause travel difficulties.


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