Fargo SWE

Some of you may know this, if not, I am the official cooperative weather observer for Fargo.  If you hear a report of snow for the city, that came from me.  Part of being the weather observer for the metro this time of year is taking snow core samples to know what the snow water equivalent, usually referenced as “SWE”, is within the snow pack.  I usually do this each Saturday and this past weekend I measured 2.1 inches of water in the remaining snow in south Fargo.  As a reference to other years, last year in March I measured 4.4”, more than twice as much, and during the five previous flood years before last year the SWE was between 3 and 4 inches much higher than what we have currently.

Daryl Ritchison

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