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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published January 30 2013

Weather Talk: F-M snow depth at 7 inches, the highest so far of season

The snowfall on Monday in Fargo-Moorhead pushed the snow depth up to 7 inches, the highest of the season so far.

Last winter, like this year, the snow depth was generally minimal, although it did peak at 9 inches in early March. Since snow depth records have been kept during the winter of 1892-93, the average maximum snow depth locally has been 13 inches. The record snow depth was set during the infamous winter of 1996-97, when 32 inches were recorded in March.

In more recent winters, the snow seasons of 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 all recorded a maximum depth of around 20 inches.

Lack of snow cover was particularly noticeable in the late 1950s. The six winters from 1954-55 to 1959-1960 never had a snow depth above 8 inches, and those were also years with very little total snowfall.


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