2009 generally was colder than normal, setting many records and keeping Grand Forks hopeful for a summer in 2010. But despite being on average 2 degrees colder than normal, the fall went down as the fourth warmest in city records.
The Herald looked through the highs and lows of 2009, literally, to put it all into perspective.
31 inches in 1996 surpass Alvin’s 25.1 inches Weather service workers are starting to analyze where the storm’s snowfall total fits in with Grand Forks records, but it won’t be No. 1. A blizzard that Ewens said resembled an “inland hurricane” dumped a total of 27.8 inches on the city March 2-5, 1966.
Heavy snow on your roof can lead to costly ice dams. The problem is more severe and widespread in areas that traditionally get more snow and winter temperatures fluctuate more around the freezing mark, 32 degrees Fahrenheit. This region can go through many winters when houses have little or no snow accumulating on rooftops.
Tickets and fees could exceed $100 Lt. Grant Schiller said since Saturday, 11 cars have been towed or moved around the corner downtown to allow street maintenance crews to remove snow. He said if a request comes from the street department, cars will be towed at a moment’s notice.
Alvin leaves tight fit on streets; city to begin hauling snow next week Grand Forks Street Department crews logged more than 900 hours of overtime and covered more than 1,800 miles keeping the main routes clear of snow from Blizzard Alvin, streets superintendent Mark Aubol said.
Grand Forks city buses never made it out of the garage Saturday due to Blizzard Alvin, and city transit and street maintenance crews worked Sunday to see that the service was running close to normal on Monday.
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