Cross Quarter Day

Saturday is Groundhog’s Day, made famous in recent decades by the celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  But the origins of having a celebration on February 2 goes back to ancient times as today marks the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox. In more modern times, European Christians observed Candlemas on this date. The…
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Extra Snow

The snowfall on Monday in Fargo Moorhead pushed the snow depth up to 7 inches, the highest of the season so far.  Last winter, like this year, the snow depth was generally minimal, although, it did peak at 9 inches in early March. Since snow depth records have been kept during the winter of 1892-1893…
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More Sun

You have likely noticed the later sunsets in recent days.  The Sun now sets around 5:30 PM in Fargo Moorhead.  A few days before the winter solstice the Sun set was at 4:38 PM, meaning we have gained nearly an hour in the past five weeks in the afternoon. In the morning, it has been…
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First Half

The first half of winter (December 1 through January 15) is behind us and if it has felt a lot colder than last year the data definitely supports that perception.  The average temperature during that stretch was 10.5 degrees colder this year then that same period last winter.  Granted, that is a significant difference, but…
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Snirt

The strong wind that accompanied the arctic cold front that moved through the area on Saturday, not only brought cold and blowing snow, but also a layer of snirt.  For those of you unfamiliar with the term, snirt is a mixture of dirt and snow. The lack of snow cover in the area has left…
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