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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published April 04 2013

Weather Talk: If you think it’s been a long winter, you’re right

Six months ago today was also a Friday, and many of us were waking up to snow on the ground. In Fargo, 1.4 inches had fallen the previous day, and although most of it had melted before sunset, there was still a touch of white covering the ground.

But in northwestern Minnesota, 3 to 6 inches of snow had fallen with the ground still very white on that chilly Friday morning. Although most of the reports from that Oct. 4 snow event stayed under 6 inches, there was a small area around Badger, Minn., that recorded between 10 and 15 inches of snow. This is a significant snowstorm for any time of the year, but especially in early October.

The wet, sloppy snow fell on trees full of leaves, snapping branches and causing power outages that lasted for a few days in some locations.

Here we are, six months later, with snow still on the ground and the potential for more. Perhaps it was not the worst cold season on record, but you are not mistaken if you are think it has been a long winter.


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