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Published April 20, 2013, 10:15 PM

The recent weather has been abnormally cool

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The weather lately may have you wondering if summer will ever come, well it will but maybe not like you want.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The weather lately may have you wondering if summer will ever come, well it will but maybe not like you want.

What a difference a year makes.

At this time last year, the grass at Fair Hills Resort was green and the flowers, budding.

Beth Schupp- Fair Hills General Manager: "Our golf course had been open already for a month and two days. Of course, that was a record. But we're doing a record on the other end of the spectrum this year."

Halfway into April, the ground is still covered in snow.

In Fargo, the snowpack is 12 inches, a record for this late in the year.

And that snow is part of why the temperatures are staying so abnormally cool.

Adnan Akyuz- PH. D. ND State Climatologist: "When you have this much snow on the ground, incoming solar radiation mostly will be reflected back into the atmosphere without being utilized."

And the next few months promise to continue the cooler-than-normal trend.

Even now, the weather is starting to affect summer businesses. Here at Fair HIlls Resort, they've already had to cancel reservations for two groups set to be here next week.

Schupp: "People, when they stay in cabins, like to have water. And we just can't turn the water on yet, or our pipes will freeze."

Later this year, things could turn around… the National Weather Service predicts July through November will be hotter than normal.

But if there is one thing we know about weather in the Upper Midwest, it's that it can be unpredictable.

Akyuz: "The viewers should not look at this as a bible. It's not a deterministic forecast. And unfortunately, we don't do as good of a job when we are predicting weather beyond 16 days."

We do have some promising signs of a warm up in the 7-day forecast.

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