N.D.’s fourth snowiest winter, so far

This is the fourth most snowfall of any winter on record, says Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Extension Center south of Minot.

He said the snowfall for 2012-2013 so far is 73 inches.

Following are the most snowfall winters on record, according to Tarasenko:

2010-2011: 84.1″

1969-1970: 80.5″

1996-1997: 75.8″

2012-2013: 73.0″

“We have received 14 inches of snowfall this month thus far and this compares to the 108-year average of 3.8 inches for April,” Tarasenko said.

Sunday at 8 a.m., Tarasenko had recorded 1.8 inches of snowfall and 0.23 of an inch of moisture at the extension center for the past 24-hour period.

“Our monthly average temperatures have been much below average,” Tarasenko said.

There’s a chance of snow in the forecast for mid-week. The National Weather Service said there’s a 30 percent chance of snow Tuesday night and that increases to 40 percent chance of snow on Wednesday, mainly early in the day.

“This is getting to be a long winter,” Tarasenko said.

Eloise Ogden