Snow Cover

Finally a day with very little cloud cover over the plain states and the Midwest gives all of us a chance to see where there is snow cover over the area.  Below you will see a satellite image.  Almost everything you see "white" in this image is snow cover, not clouds.  If you look carefully you can even see where the major cities are where the "white" is a little clouded as the pavement and the buildings in the city give a little bit different look to the snow.

2006 in Review

From the National Weather Service in Grand Forks:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND FORKS ND
358 PM CST SUN DEC 31 2006

...SUMMARY OF THE WEATHER YEAR 2006 FOR THE RED RIVER VALLEY...

PRELIMINARY INDICATIONS ARE THAT THE WEATHER YEAR 2006 WILL GO DOWN
IN THE RECORD BOOKS AS QUITE WARM OVERALL AND JUST A BIT TOO DRY
ACROSS THE RED RIVER VALLEY AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS OF EASTERN
NORTH DAKOTA AND NORTHWEST MINNESOTA.

FARGO AIRPORT TEMPERATURES AVERAGED AROUND 45.4 DEGREES FOR THE YEAR
WHICH IS 4.1 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE OVERALL AND THE THIRD WARMEST
ANNUAL AVERAGE ON RECORD (FARGO AIRPORT RECORDS GO BACK TO 1881).
GRAND FORKS AIRPORT TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 43.3 DEGREES FOR THE YEAR
WHICH IS AROUND 3.0 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE OVERALL AND THE SECOND
WARMEST ANNUAL AVERAGE ON RECORD (GRAND FORKS AIRPORT RECORDS GO
BACK TO 1941). MOST SIGNIFICANTLY THE JANUARY AND DECEMBER 2006
TEMPERATURES WERE BOTH WELL ABOVE AVERAGE (11 TO 18 DEGREES), THE
MID SUMMER TEMPERATURES WERE SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE, AND THE
SHOULDER SEASONS WERE AT OR ONLY SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL.

FARGO AIRPORT ANNUAL PRECIPITATION WAS 17.15 INCHES (MOORHEAD WAS
17.40 INCHES) AND WAS ABOUT 3.9 (3.8) INCHES LESS THAN AVERAGE.
GRAND FORKS AIRPORT ANNUAL PRECIPITATION WAS 15.38 INCHES (NWS AND
UNIVERSITY WAS 17.15 INCHES) AND WAS AROUND 4.2 (2.4) INCHES LESS
THAN AVERAGE. THE DRIEST CONDITIONS CAME CAME DURING THE MAIN
GROWING SEASON MONTHS OF MAY, JUNE, AND JULY. FORTUNATELY THERE WAS
AMPLE MOIST SOIL TO BEGIN THE GROWING SEASON AND SOME SIGNIFICANT
RAINFALLS IN THE LATE SUMMER WHICH HELPED LATE SEASON CROPS.

THE SPRING SEASON BROUGHT WIDESPREAD SNOWMELT FLOODING WHICH REACHED
THIRD HIGHEST LEVELS SINCE 1900, BASIN WIDE.

DURING THE SUMMER OF 2006 MUCH OF THE AREA ENTERED INTO MODERATE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 15 YEARS.

SNOWFALL FOR THE YEAR IN THE GRAND FORKS AREA WAS AROUND 47.5 INCHES
WHICH IS SOMEWHAT ABOVE AVERAGE, THOUGH WINTER SEASON PRECIPITATION
WAS VERY NEAR NORMAL. SNOWFALL FOR THE YEAR IN THE FARGO AREA WAS
ONLY 24.9 INCHES WHICH IS SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW SEASONAL NORMALS,
THOUGH WINTER SEASON PRECIPITATION WAS ALSO VERY NEAR NORMAL.