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Weather Talk: Leap day could have big effect on statistics for winter season

Recently we broke the record for the most days above freezing in a winter season. Fargo-Moorhead has recorded 46 such days since Dec. 1. The old record was 44, set in the winter of 1923-24. That final 44th day with a high above freezing occurred ...

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Recently we broke the record for the most days above freezing in a winter season. Fargo-Moorhead has recorded 46 such days since Dec. 1.

The old record was 44, set in the winter of 1923-24. That final 44th day with a high above freezing occurred on Feb. 29. Because 1924 was a leap year, that extra winter day helped keep that year as the No. 1 season in that category until this year.

Although most leap days do not have a major impact on winter season statistics, this year may be an exception. Today is the last day of climatological winter, so all statistics for this season end today. The extra snow and moisture today could be sufficient enough to have a noticeable impact on how this past winter ends up with regard to average precipitation.

Currently the winter season is running about a half-inch below normal on precipitation and 9 inches below on snowfall. After today, those deficits may largely disappear.

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