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Weather Talk: There has been just one Christmas snowstorm

The Christmas Day storm of 2009 was the only truly heavy snowfall in recorded history on Christmas Day in Fargo-Moorhead. Snow on Christmas Day (midnight to midnight) totaled 8 inches, which broke the previous Christmas Day record snow of 3.6 inches set in 1912. It was part of a four-day system of snows totaling more than 17 inches.

It is interesting that Fargo-Moorhead has only had one serious snowfall on Christmas Day since 1881. We have had big snows on the day after Christmas, as well as a couple of days before. There have been several nasty blizzards on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. But other than 2009, there has not been a heavy snowstorm on Christmas Day.

Last year, if you recall, a serious ice storm developed Christmas Day. Almost three-quarters of an inch of water fell as freezing rain and sleet, making travel almost impossible.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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