When my daughter was in second grade, she told me she was disappointed in snow that winter.

It wasn't so much the seasonal snowfall but the depth of accumulation that displeased her. My daughter loved deep snow and had experienced all a Fargo-Moorhead winter could offer during her first two winters in school.

The winter of 1995-96 brought a maximum depth of 25 inches. The following year was the terrible winter of 1996-97, when the Fargo-Moorhead record snow depth of 32 inches was established.

But over the next few winters, snowfall rarely accumulated to such depths. In fact, the average greatest snow depth during a winter season is around 12 inches. The most recent three winters have again produced huge piles and deep drifts of snow, but history suggests that such streaks do not last too many winters consecutively.

If the upcoming winter fails to deliver deep snow cover, try not to be too disappointed. It's like I told my daughter in 1998, these things vary greatly from winter to winter.

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