Are 200 inches of snow possible this winter?Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's a rumor that continues to go around town: A forecast of 200 inches of snow this winter in North Dakota. So where did this forecast come from and is it even possible to see that much snow here? StormtTRACKER Meteorologist Rob Kupec tries to track down this incredible forecast.
It's a rumor that continues to go around town: A forecast of 200 inches of snow this winter in North Dakota. So where did this forecast come from and is it even possible to see that much snow here? StormtTRACKER Meteorologist Rob Kupec tries to track down this incredible forecast.
We started by checking the various Farmer's Almanacs. The Blums and the Harris say nothing about snow amounts. Both the Farmers Almanac and the Old Farmers Almanac say we'll have average to above average snowfall this winter but neither one of them say 200 inches An Editorial in the Bismarck Tribune was the only place on line we could find the 200 inch forecast. We called them up and they said a forecaster at the National Weather Service Office in Bismarck had told them of the forecast. When we called them, the forecaster was not available and the no one else at the office knew where it came from. But they were fairly skeptical of it coming true. And this rumor of 200 inches of Snowmageddon is not the only one floating around.
Daryl Ritchison – StormTRACKER Meteorologist: “The one I've been hearing this winter from several individuals is that FEMA of all people had forecasted this area to get 232 inches of snow this winter.”
In the winter of 1996/97 Fargo had 117 inches of snow and that's the most snow on record in Fargo. To get to 200 inches we'd have to add another 83 inches on nearly doubling the record snowfall for Fargo. So is this much snow even possible in North Dakota?
John Wheeler – StormTRACKER Meteorologist: “Well nothing’s impossible, but we don't lake effect snow here in the Red River Valley. We don't get oragraphic snow, which is where wind moves up the side of a mountain and it rings out all the moisture. And we don't really have a great moisture supply right near by Most of our moisture either comes across the mountains from the Pacific or is blown up from the Gulf. So we don't have a fresh ample moisture supply. It would be really tough to get that much snow in one winter season.”
In the end this Tsunami of snow forecast seems to not have any merit, so no need to worry about being completely covered this winter and the flood that would follow such a snow. Last winter Fargo had 88 and a half inches of snow and that was the third snowiest on record.