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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published April 13 2013

Weather Talk: Accumulations of snow in April is the norm in F-M

Accumulating snow in April is the norm, rather than an exception, in Fargo-Moorhead. In the 127 years with April snow data, at least 0.1 inch of snow was recorded in 102 of them. Or put another way, accumulating snow has occurred in 80 percent of Aprils.

Our current April was not included in those statistics, but, of course, we have recorded an accumulating snow event this month as well. Several recent years have been snow-free locally with no accumulating snow measured in 1999, 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2012.

Yet, intermixed with those years was one of the snowiest Aprils on record. Just five year ago, in 2008, 16.9 inches of snow was recorded in Fargo-Moorhead. That nearly broke the record for the month of April that was set in 1904, when 17.4 inches was measured. That almost 17 inches included a 9-inch snowfall on April 25 and 26. That was the heaviest snow event so late in the season on record for the metro.

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