This time of year, snow is likely the last thing on your mind, yet July is the beginning of the new snow season. The snow season in the Northern Hemisphere runs from July 1 through June 30. As of July 1, our past snow season became official with a total of 88.5 inches measured by our cooperative observer in north Moorhead. That was the 3rd highest total on record and it barely missed out on 2nd place by a mere 0.6 inches.
The winter of 1993-1994 recorded 89.1 inches of snow which at the time was the highest snow total on record. That was surpassed easily during the winter of 1996-1997 when 117 inches of snow fell in Fargo Moorhead. Including this past winter, seven of the top 10 snowiest winters on record have occurred since 1981.
This has pushed our new 30 year average snowfall to 50.1 inches. That is 10 inches higher than our historic average of 40 inches.