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S’no Comparison

During both of the past two winters, snowfall in Fargo Moorhead has been below average.  In round numbers, this winter’s snow total so far is 27 inches.  Last winter we got a mere 16 inches.  Average snowfall is 50 inches. The total the past two winters so far is 43 inches, which is below the…
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The Best Weather For Melting Snow

The best snow melting weather is not necessarily a sunny day.  Radiation from the sun is largely reflected by snow on the ground.  Snow is mainly melted by exposure to warm air. Interestingly, humid air is a lot better at melting snow than dry air.  The difference is tied to the processes of phase changes…
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Rain Does Not Melt Snow Faster

It is a commonly held misunderstanding that a fall of rain will greatly increase snow melting.  Snow melts when its temperature rises above freezing.  Warm air melts snow by transferring enough heat into the ice to raise the temperature to its melting point.  Water does this no more efficiently than air. If the raindrops falling…
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Snow Depth

The average maximum snow depth (with all the drifting averaged) in winter in Fargo Moorhead is 14 inches.  The average period this maximum depth is reached is in late February or early March. So far this winter, our greatest snow depth from the 20 inches of fallen snow was nine inches on January 15.  The…
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Lake Effect Snow

The Great Lakes are such huge bodies of water that it takes an incredible amount of cold weather to freeze the lake surfaces.  In fact, the center portions of most of the Great Lakes rarely freeze even in the coldest winters. In February and March of 2014, a very cold winter in the Midwest, the…
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