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Weather Talk: So where's all the snow?

Late November and early December is the time of year when our region historically begins to develop the winter snowpack.

There is, of course, a lot of year-to-year variability. Snow that falls in early November is more likely to melt, and snow that falls in December is more likely to remain on the ground through the winter.

So far in this century, there has been snow in Fargo-Moorhead for Thanksgiving, either on the ground or falling that day, eight out of 17 times. Many of us seem to think of Thanksgiving as the start of snow cover and real winter weather, and this is roughly accurate.

However, the actual statistics reveal that snow-covered ground at Thanksgiving is roughly a 50-50 probability, at least in this century. For Christmas Day, the odds increase to about 85 percent.

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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