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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published April 23 2013

Weather Talk: This winter’s snowfall no match to 1996-97

Yesterday in this space, the fact that Fargo-Moorhead has had heavy snow over the second half of this winter (52.9 inches) compared to the first half (15.2 inches) was presented. But any boast of heavy snowfall should be leaned up against the winter of 1996-97, which is the snowiest winter in the history for Fargo.

The second half of this winter has actually been snowier by about 1 inch than that same period in 1997, when 51.7 inches fell. However, in the first half of 1996-97, Fargo Moorhead had received 65.3 inches of snow, which is about 50 inches more than we got during the first half of winter this year. And the total for 1996-97 was 117.0 inches, compared to 68.1 inches this year.

Overall, there has been 48.9 inches less snow this winter than in that record year. The average snowfall for an entire cold weather season is 50 inches.

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