Snow Year

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…
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Snow Matters

The winter of 2011-2012 was the warmest on record in Fargo Moorhead.  It was nearly 10 degrees above the current 30 year average. There is no doubt that the overall pattern last winter was a mild one. The upper level wind pattern was consistently from the west allowing mild Pacific air to dominate the season…
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Spring Outlook

Once again I was asked by the State Climatologist in North Dakota to write a summary to what I expect for the upcoming season.  What I wrote can be found below.  It can also be found in the State Climate Bulletin to be published soon.   Spring and autumns are always the most difficult to forecast because…
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Brown

The high snow totals in the mid-1990s and during the past few winters has pushed our normal seasonal snowfall to 50.1 inches.  That is the highest average since records have been kept.  Because we have recorded several years with above average snowfall in the past 20 years, we sometimes forget that the median snowfall locally…
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Quiet Or Busy?

Although another tropical system or two could easily form in the coming days and weeks, the hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean is beginning to wind down.  If you ask most Americans if it was a busy or quiet season, for the 3rd straight year, most people would say it was a quiet year.  Only…
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