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Weather Talk: Sports enthusiasts, there's plenty of time for snow to fall

A cross-country ski enthusiast and loyal WDAY-TV viewer wrote to us this week with a concern that this could be another winter with poor skiing conditions.

Skiers like snow. Specifically, skiers like enough snow to thoroughly cover up all the roots and rocks that can scratch ski bottoms. A steady base of around a foot with occasional refreshing little snows makes for a great ski season.

Last year, the Fargo-Moorhead area only got in about two weeks of good skiing conditions and the previous two winters were not much better. Future ski conditions depend upon future weather, of course, and no one can predict where the snowstorms will track the rest of the winter.

However, to those concerned that the snow systems seem to be missing us so far, I must remind everyone that it is only the middle of November. The fact that early November snowfall has been scant should not be taken as a sign that it will remain that way through April.

In other words, rumors of this winter's demise may be greatly exaggerated.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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