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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published July 01 2013

Weather Talk: Just-completed snow season ranks 11th-snowiest in record book

On the first day of July, probably the last thing on your mind is snow, but today is the beginning of a new snow year. The snow year in the Northern Hemisphere for climatic purposes runs from July 1 through June 30.

The just-completed snow year of 2012-13 ranked as the 11th-snowiest on record. In total, the observer in north Moorhead measured 68.4 inches of snow in the past 12 months.

The last snow recorded locally was on April 24, when 0.3 inch was measured. Many of you may recall the record-breaking early May snow event that affected areas to our south and east, but locally our last snow event was fairly close to when it often occurs.

Even with that May event missing this area, our snow season was very long, as our first measurable snow occurred much earlier than average on Oct. 4. That was one of the earliest measurable snows on record in Fargo-Moorhead.


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