February is the driest month of the year with an average of 0.61 inches of rain and melted snow. Of course, part of the reason for this month being the driest is the shortness of the month, but also, because of the general dry conditions this area experiences during the winter. Fargo Moorhead only average 2.14 inches of moisture from December through February.
Since records started in 1881, February has been the wettest of the three principle months of winter only 20% of the time. In the past two decades when winter snowfall has generally been above average, this month was sometimes the only period when we would catch a break from the heavy snows. But the past two years, February has not been so kind. Granted, last winter was mostly dry and mild, yet, February 2012 did record 12.5 inches of snow.
That was the highest since 1994, until this year, as we have already surpassed that total with a couple more days to go.