Snow Drought

Although measurable snow in October isn’t something that occurs frequently, it does happen about one out of every 4 years.  Last month there were a few areas of the region that recorded enough snow to measure, but a high percentage of the northern plains either recorded no snow or just flurries last month.  This means that most of us are waiting for our first flakes of the season.  The average date for the first 1” of snow, that hasn’t occurred in any location yet is for most locations in the first 10 days of November.  In the very snowy winter of 1996-1997, the first snow of the season held off until November 15, therefore, a later than average start doesn’t necessarily mean any given season will have more or less snow.

Daryl Ritchison