Blizzard!

North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota is the most blizzard-prone region of the United States outside of the North Slope of Alaska.  However, the Fargo Moorhead area has not experienced a true blizzard since February of 2014.  It is not unusual for a single winter to produce several blizzards nor is it unusual to go a…
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If You Want A Big Spring Blizzard…

  In order for us to get socked by a blizzard this spring, the pattern will need to change.  At present, the Polar Jet Stream is too weak and to far north to be a threat.  The far more active Subtropical Jet Stream could shift northward and bring snow, but a real blizzard would not…
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Will Snow-Free Stay Snow-Free?

Is a winter that is largely snow-free more likely or less likely to have a big snow at some point near its end?   Interestingly enough, two of our region’s biggest storms in history were largely stand-alone storms.  Arguable the strongest winter storm to hit anywhere in the United States hit our region in early March of 1966.  For…
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Earliest Snow, Earliest Cold

On September 25, 1912, it snowed in Fargo Moorhead.  The summer of 1912 had been hot and very dry and the heat wave had continued into the early part of September.  Three of the first eight days in September were in the 90s.  But it began to rain September 12.  It rained on 12 of…
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90 Years Ago

It was 90 years ago today that one of the worst blizzards in modern times was moving through the region.  It started as a weak Alberta Clipper that moved along the Rocky Mountains, reformed in Colorado and moved northeast into Minnesota.  The blizzard started late in the day on February 12, and was at peak…
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