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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published January 26 2013

Weather Talk: Reminder that weather in area can be changeable

Fargo-Moorhead has only received about 17 inches of snow so far this winter. The winter has been cold enough for plenty of snow; there just have not been any snowstorms.

The lack of heavy snow this winter and last winter is directly related to the lack of rain last summer. Our region is in a drought. But weather is known to be fickle, and we are unable to know when the drought will end or when there will be a brief interruption.

In the winter of 1965-66, there had been just 18.3 inches of snow through the end of February, but the first week of March 1966 brought the most powerful blizzard of the 20th century to our region. The blizzard raged for four days, piling up snowdrifts 30 feet high. Wind gusted to hurricane force. Snowfall up and down the valley ranged from 1 to 3 feet. North of Grand Forks, where the heaviest snow fell, there was severe river flooding a few weeks later.

This is not meant to be a forecast, just a reminder that our weather can be changeable.


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