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Daryl Ritchison, Published February 25 2013

Weather Talk: February is historically dry, but not this year or in 2012

February is the driest month of the year, with an average of 0.61 inch of rain and melted snow. This is partly because it is also the shortest month of the year, but another factor is the generally dry conditions this area experiences during the winter. Fargo-Moorhead only averages 2.14 inches of moisture from December through February.

Since records started in 1881, February has been the wettest of the three principle months of winter only 20 percent of the time. In the past two decades, when winter snowfall has generally been above average, this month has often been the only period when we have caught a break from the heavy snows.

But this February and last February have not been so kind. Last winter was mostly dry and mild, but we did get 12.5 inches of snow during February. That was the highest since 1994 – until this year, as we have already surpassed that total with a couple more days to go.


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