Thirty-three years ago today, I was a young meteorologist experiencing my first fall season in Fargo-Moorhead as the new meteorologist on WDAY-TV. And there was a snowstorm coming.
For two days, Oct. 7-8, 1985, heavy snow fell across much of North Dakota and the northwest corner of Minnesota. Central North Dakota was hit hardest with 17 inches falling in Velva and a foot in Minot. The snow amounted to around half a foot from Bismarck to Devils Lake.
Roseau, Minn., was buried under 8 inches. Grand Forks got about 4 inches. Fargo-Moorhead and points south and east from here only had rain as temperatures hovered around 40 degrees for the duration of the storm.
Even though the fall of 1985 was one of the coldest on record, all of the snow did melt before winter's true snowpack began forming in November. Although the snowstorm missed the Fargo area, this young meteorologist was wondering just what he had gotten himself into.