Snow is like the star quarterback or running back on a football team. It gets all the publicity and to a large degree for good reason. Snow gathers our attention; it needs to be shoveled and plowed. It creates hazardous travel conditions and often disrupts our schedule.
But the long 50 yard pass for a touchdown that makes the highlight reel would not be possible if your offensive line did not do their job. In the same way, although everyone notices the snow, the moisture content of the snow is something that largely goes unnoticed. Yet in the end, it is the most important element of a snowfall. Although until the event on Sunday this winter has been mainly brown, precipitation amounts have been far from zero.
The three principle months of winter average 2.14 inches of liquid precipitation (rain and melted snow) and since December 1, officially, Fargo Moorhead has recorded 0.87 inches of precipitation, certainly below average, but not by as much as most people would probably guess.