Similar But Different

The 1.4 inches of snow that fell on October 4, was the 3rd earliest 1 inch snowfall on record in Fargo Moorhead.  The last time a 1 inch snow fell this early was back on October 2, 1950.  The earliest 1 inch snowfall on record occurred 100 years ago, when 2 inches fell on September 25, 1912.  Although, the snow last week was technically the earliest such event in over 60 years, if you add a few days to the calendar, a similar event occurred not long ago.

On October 11, 2006 it snowed lightly throughout the day with 1.6 inches being measured.  Granted, it was not part of a huge storm as was the case last week, but locally it produced similar results.  Astute readers may remember that 2006 was our last warm dry summer.  Coincidence? In many ways, yet, no one should be surprised that comparable weather patterns will sometimes produce very similar results later in a year.

For interest sake only, the winter of 2006-2007 produced 38.8 inches of snow.

3 Responses

  1. Kyle Hafliger

    Is El Nino the blame for our colder than average Octobers? Octobers of 2006, 2009, and probably 2012 are the most recent below average Octobers. The winters ahead of those Octobers were El Nino winters.

  2. “I can’t remember when we had this much wind evetns back to back” If the evetns happened in Seattle like they have been happing up here in the interior it would be “BIG NEWS” Yes it is not a major windstorm, but it is worth a journal entry.”As a fourty year Bellingham native, I don’t find this very uncommon. In fact it seems to me that 20 years ago, it was even more common. I have always lived on the south hill near the bay, and in the 80’s a big gust actually blew in a 100 year old window.Bellingham is always windy.

  3. Daryl Ritchison

    There is technically not an El Nino present in the Pacific at this time. But having said that, there is a weak correlation between cool late autumns (October/November) and El Ninos in this area. But there are and have been other dominating influences, one of which is the negative NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation) that has been present during some of these time frames and is currently in that mode. El Nino and La Nina tend to be overly used in forecasting.

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