Already Wet

Winter for climatological statistics is always considered to be December, January and February.  Average precipitation during that stretch varies from about 1.5 inches to 2.3” across north Dakota.  To keep it simple we will just use 2 inches as the overall average.  Using that number pretty much all locations in North Dakota have already recorded above average precipitation this winter.  That doesn’t necessarily mean above average snowfall, as Fargo for example has recorded below average snowfall, but the rain event around Christmas pushed precipitation above average.  Even with this fairly dry period of the past three weeks, this winter will be known as a wet one.

Daryl Ritchison