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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published April 24 2013

Weather Talk: F-M records 151st day with snow on the ground

Today marks the 151st day with at least 1 inch of snow on the ground this cold season. This is only the fifth time since the daily snow record began in the winter of 1892-93 that Fargo-Moorhead has recorded more than 150 days of snow cover.

As a reference, the winter of 1996-97 recorded 147 days with snow covering the ground. The years with the highest total number of days with snow cover occurred during the winters of 1935-36 and 1978-79. Both of those cold seasons recorded 155 total days with at least one inch of snow depth. Last year, the winter of 2012-13 recorded only 65 such days.

Because of the warmer temperatures expected beginning Friday, it is likely we will not be breaking the record for the most snow covered days in a season, but we did break the record for the most such days in the month of April by at least eight days and counting.


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