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Weather Talk: Lately, Boston has been in a perfect snow setup

Through Monday, the official snow total for Boston stood at 90.5 inches since Jan. 24. That's 7 1/2 feet of snow in 23 days. It works out to about 4 inches a day or a foot every three days.

Through Monday, the official snow total for Boston stood at 90.5 inches since Jan. 24. That’s 7½ feet of snow in 23 days. It works out to about 4 inches a day or a foot every three days.
A quick examination of the Fargo-Moorhead snow records reveal a maximum
23-day total of 43.3 inches from Dec. 20, 1988, through Jan. 11, 1989.
Boston averages about 44 inches a winter compared to our 50 inches. However, Boston is on the Atlantic Ocean and so has a readily available moisture source. But that same ocean also supplies milder air, often turning Boston’s snow into rain. The perfect snow setup in Boston lately is a storm track stuck in the same place and a colder-than-average temperature pattern.
Fargo-Moorhead has plenty of cold air and gets very little wintertime rain, but the moisture source is much farther away, so such a thing here would be less likely to happen.

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