We have had several brown Christmas’ since records have been kept, but recently someone asked me if we had ever had a truly brown Christmas. The question revolved around have we ever made it to Christmas day without an official snow cover. Although on a couple of occasions we have had a trace reported for snow depth, at no point have we had 1 inch or greater reported on the ground this season.
Our last brown Christmas in 2006, we did have one inch reported on the ground for one week in early December. The brown Christmas in 1999 had either one or two inches reported on the ground for 11 days before Christmas.
The last time we had a truly brown Christmas was back in 1943 when at no time was there more than a trace reported on the ground before Christmas day. That winter the first 1 inch snowfall occurred in January. Although the ground was brown that year, the residents of Fargo Moorhead were at least treated to some Christmas flurries.