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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published December 31 2012

Weather Talk: Relatively little winter snow not all that unusual for F-M

With just 14 inches of snow so far this winter and only 27 inches all of last winter, our region has gone a winter and a half with relatively little snow.

But this is not at all unusual for our region. Over the entire decade of the 1950s, Fargo-Moorhead snow averaged just 28 inches a season, including a near snowless 9.3 inches in 1957-58 and just 14.9 inches in 1956-57 and 14.2 in 1958-59. Other more recent “open” winters include 1992-93 with 27.5 inches and 1980-81 with a mere 13.1 inches.

A check of the record book reveals that 15 of 126, or about 10 percent, of the winters going back to 1885 had less snow than last winter’s

27-inch total. Our recent wet period from 1993 through 2011 produced a majority of the snowiest winters in history, perhaps giving the illusion that such heavy winter snowfall is the norm. But Fargo-Moorhead’s seasonal snowfall has actually varied greatly from that 9.3 inches in 1957-58 to 117 inches in 1996-97.

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