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Daryl Ritchison, Published February 04 2013

Weather Talk: January close to long-term averages for temps, precip

January 2013 finished reasonably close to the long-term averages for both temperature and precipitation. The average temperature last month was 10.8 degrees, which is 1.5 degrees above average.

Precipitation last month was also slightly above the average. The rain and melted snow in January totaled 0.97 inch, with the average being 0.70 inch. Snowfall last month was 9.1 inches, which is slightly below the current average of 11.2 inches.

Most of that precipitation came on Jan. 28. Fargo-Moorhead happened to be near the edge of the band of snow that produced much heavier amounts to our southeast. Had that storm tracked about 30 miles farther southeast, the storm would have missed us entirely and we would have had well below-average snow and precipitation for the month. Had F-M been in the center of the heavy snow band, our January precipitation would have been quite a bit above average. The track of a narrow band of snow on one night was the difference.


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