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Weather Talk: Snow on Thanksgiving

A lot of us people seem to have the idea that there is "usually" a significant layer of snow on the ground at Thanksgiving. But even with one of the coldest climates in the lower 48 states, snow cover on Thanksgiving Day is actually far more like...

A lot of us people seem to have the idea that there is “usually” a significant layer of snow on the ground at Thanksgiving. But even with one of the coldest climates in the lower 48 states, snow cover on Thanksgiving Day is actually far more likely to be very light or nonexistent. In Fargo Moorhead, there has only been one Thanksgiving this century with relatively deep snow and that was in 2010 when the official snow depth was six inches. Thanksgiving in 2011 was snow-free and each year since, there has been about an inch or less on the ground. Perhaps the snowiest Thanksgiving was in 1993 with 12 inches on the ground, eight of which fell that day. Back in 1996 there was 13 inches on the ground. My first Fargo Thanksgiving in 1985, there was a snow depth of 16 inches. Way back on Thanksgiving, 1896, the snow depth was 19 inches. But the reality is that Thanksgiving snow has a lot of year-to-year variability and is likely to be light at best. John Wheeler

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