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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published November 14 2013

Weather Talk: Lack of snowfall so far this season isn’t unusual

Very little snow has been seen around Fargo-Moorhead this season. Unusual? Not at all. In fact our average first 1-inch snowfall is on Nov. 13. We average 7.9 inches in the month of November, but usually that average is derived from snowfalls during the second half of November.

The snowiest winter on record in Fargo-Moorhead was back in the 1996-97 cold season when 117.0 inches of snow was recorded. The first measurable snow of that very long winter did not occur until today, Nov. 15 (which also happened to be a Friday) when 2 inches fell in the first initial wave of a three-day snowstorm that eventually brought blizzard conditions to the area over that weekend. By Monday morning, 15.5 inches of snow had fallen. By the end of the month, 26.4 inches of snow had fallen on the metro.

The odds of a repeat are extremely low, but snow will come eventually. It always does.


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