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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published February 07 2014

Weather Talk: Snow depth testimony to our persistent cold

The total snowfall in Fargo-Moorhead this winter so far is 26.1 inches. This is about 7 inches behind the average through today’s date.

Although we have had more than an average winter’s share of ground blizzards, there has really been just one snowstorm. Eight inches fell in a series of little snow systems over the first five days of December. The heaviest in a single day was 4.7 inches on Dec. 4.

Since then, snow has mostly been a few tenths of an inch here and there. But what is most remarkable is that our average snow depth stands at 12 inches. Once it has fallen, snow on the ground tends to compact, especially if it drifts. Wind breaks up the snow crystals, forcing them together in a dense, icy mass.

For our snow depth to be almost half of the total amount that has fallen is testimony to our persistent cold weather. With very few thawing days all winter, there has been almost no melting.

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