Dry Time

Not only is November the beginning of what I like to call our cold season, but it is also the beginning of what could be called our dry season.  From November 1 through February 28, Fargo Moorhead only averages 3.14 inches of liquid equivalency (rain and melted snow).  That is less than our average precipitation in the month of June (3.90 inches).

The average precipitation in November is 1.00 inch, December 0.83 inches, January 0.70 inches with February being the driest with an average of 0.61 inches.  Although last year that stretch recorded a below average 2.15 inches of moisture, our dry season totals in recent years have generally been well above average.  From November through February in both 2008-9 and 2009-10 we recorded nearly 5 inches of rain and melted snow during this stretch and that does not include what fell in March.

If you are curious, the current average March precipitation is 1.30 inches which could also be included in our list of dry season months.