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Published December 06, 2011, 07:05 PM

Lack of snow affecting some area businesses

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's December 6th and we are still looking at a brown ground. So how unusual is it to have no snow yet and how is this effecting people that make money from the white fluff?

It's December 6th and we are still looking at a brown ground. So how unusual is it to have no snow yet and how is this effecting people that make money from the white fluff?

Rob Mynheir – Owner Garden Hut, Fargo: “Normally around Thanksgiving time we’re knee deep in snow blowers.”

They’re repairing snow blowers at the Garden Hut in Fargo, but not at the same clip they normally would this time of year.

Rob Mynheir: “At the first of the season we thought it was going to be gang busters because we were doing a lot of work. It has drastically slowed down now with the lack of snow.”

Out on the showroom floor Snappers and Cub Cadets sit waiting to chew up the best winter can offer. Same story here

Rob Mynheir: “Sales were real brisk to start out but once we got past Thanksgiving it really slowed down.”

So even if you are already for the snow, how unusual is it to be this late in December and not have to use your snow removal equipment? Almost half of the years you would find very little snow on the ground up to this point, what's a little unusual about this year is that we've had less than 1 inch of snow, total so far. While most of us or happy to have a reprieve, even snow haters usually want a little by Christmas.

Daryl Ritchison – StormTRACKER Meteorologist: “We've had 4 brown Christmases in the last 20 years, which is 20% which is fairly close to our average.”

Back at the Garden hut there is one forecast they'd like back

Rob Mynheir: “I hope somebody starts that 200 inch rumor again, that really was a good one.”

The latest we have ever gone without an inch of snow is December 27th back in 1923.

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