Quiet Februaries

February tends to be the least active of the three principal months of winter.  Most Februaries, North Dakota and Minnesota will experience weaker upper-level wind blowing from the northwest which form storms with little moisture.  The arctic remains cold, generating areas of high pressure which frequently move in to our area, increasing the amount of sunshine observed in comparison to December or early January.  Fargo Moorhead has not had an individual storm produce more than 7 inches of snow in February in the past two decades as an example of the benign nature of February. March, on the other hand, has a much different reputation.

Daryl Ritchison