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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published March 03 2014

Weather Talk: Winter season was cold, but precipitation average

This past winter season was definitely cold, but it certainly was not snowy.

From Dec. 1 through Feb. 28, the official snow total from our cooperative observer in north Moorhead totaled 27.3 inches. That is 2.1 inches below the average of 29.4 inches for that time period. It was the second year in a row with snowfall very close to the average during the three principal months of winter, as last year 28.7 inches was recorded.

More important than the amount of snow is the water content in that snow. The 27.3 inches of snow that fell in the past three months contained 2.09 inches of liquid, right at the average of 2.14 inches. Meaning, this past winter was about as average as average gets for winter precipitation.

The driest of the three winter months was February; only 1.5 inches was measured last month, the eighth-lowest total on record for that month. That snow contained only 0.11 inches of liquid, making February 2014 the seventh-driest since records began in 1881.


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