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John Wheeler: Yes, it has been a hard winter, but not the worst

This is not even close to being the snowiest nor the coldest winter on record.

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FARGO โ€” Much has been made about the amount of snow on the ground in the Fargo area. It just isn't melting very much. A lot has also been made of the now 140-day streak of not reaching 40 degrees, the second-longest on record. The record would be set if the streak continues through April 12.

What needs to be pointed out is that the snow depth is not a reflection of how much snow has fallen this winter nor of how much water is in the snowpack, so we should avoid jumping to conclusions about what will happen when this melts. Likewise, the below-40 streak is not a reflection of the overall cold this winter. This is not even close to being the snowiest or coldest winter on record. We may say this winter is colder and snowier than average and we have certainly hit another rough patch here at the end of the winter, but that is about it.

John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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