Although our recent snowfalls may give you the perception that our current cold season is running above average for snowfall, the opposite is true, though December is on pace for above-average snowfall if our current trend continues.
American scientists from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Center claim to have found evidence of a temperature of minus 135.8 degrees F near the Japanese Dome Fuji station, on a mountainous location on Antarctica called the Valkyrie Dome. It is generally accepted that the lowest measured temperature on Earth is minus 128.6 degrees F at the Russian Antarctic station, Vostok, in 1983.
With the downturn of temperatures in the past week, a common question asked to me is will the area record another temperature of X? X is usually a 90-, 80- or 70-degree reading depending on who is asking the question.
A year ago today the area received a very early accumulating snow. Fargo-Moorhead recorded 1.4 inches of snow that mostly melted by the end of the day. That was the third-earliest 1-inch snow event in Fargo on record.
With each passing autumn day, the odds of recording any more severe weather drops. Although severe weather has been observed in this area as late as early November, strong thunderstorms tend to be uncommon after September.
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