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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published January 19 2013

Weather Talk: Outdoors enthusiasts impatient for some snow

The natives are restless. At least those people who have been waiting through their second winter for really good skiing and snowshoeing conditions. Why doesn’t it snow anymore?

We’ve had less than a foot and a half of snowfall all winter, most of it a fraction of an inch at a time, while never piling up more than 3 inches deep. Most of last winter was even less snowy, until a few snows in late January and February brought our depth up to around 9 inches for a few weeks.

Interestingly, the record book is filled with periods like the one we are in now – stretches of two to three and even four winters in a row with below-average snowfall and many winter weeks with no snow on the ground at all.

However, already this winter, Fargo-Moorhead has received almost double the entire winter snowfall of 9.3 inches in the record minimum winter of 1957-58.

One reason for our impatience for snow may be related to the fact that the decades of the 1990s and the 2000s were the two snowiest decades in Fargo-Moorhead snow history.


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