Winter Storm Puts 1st Half of 2016-2017 Bismarck, ND Snowfall Totals Near Top! (credit: NWS Bismarck, ND)
DISCUSSION: In the wake of the recent winter storm which enveloped much of the north-central United States in a "sea of white," here is a neat graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service office located in Bismarck, North Dakota. Though this major snowstorm occurred several days ago, note how this particular winter storm placed the snowfall totals from the 2016-2017 Winter season in the top 4 of all-time with an updated snowfall total of 43.5 inches through the month of December. Hence, it will be interesting to see how the rest of the 2016-2017 Winter season turns out for the greater Bismarck, North Dakota metropolitan area. It is imperative to acknowledge that the snowfall season for Bismarck, North Dakota lasts from July 1st to June 30th of the following year based on long-term climatological trends.
Here is the text released by forecasters from the National Weather Service office in Bismarck, North Dakota "Updating our post from before the Christmas Blizzard: after a mild and dry Fall, Winter arrived with a vengeance late November and into December with two major winter storms, and a Christmas blizzard. Bismarck is now ranked #4 for seasonal Snowfall totals through the month of December (Our snow season runs from July 1st through June 30th of the following year). We have missed #1 by a mere 2.3 inches! Impressive!! Just a note, Bismarck is used here due to the more robust historical records versus any other location in West/Central North Dakota."
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