On the first day of July, probably the last thing on your mind is snow, but today is the beginning of a new snow year. The snow year in the northern hemisphere for climatic purposes runs from July 1 through June 30. This just completed snow year of 2012-2013 ranked as the 11th snowiest on record. In total, the observer in north Moorhead measured 68.4 inches of snow in the past 12 months.
The last snow recorded locally was back on April 24 when 0.3 inches was measured. Many of you may recall the record breaking early May snow event that impacted areas to our south and east, but locally our last snow event was fairly close to when it often occurs. Even with that May event missing this area, our snow season was very long, as our first measureable snow occurred much earlier than average on October 4.
That was one of the earliest measureable snows on record in Fargo Moorhead.