Another snow storm has hit the state of North Dakota, but it was the storm over the Langdon area that was impressive as it not only delivered 10.5 inches of snow but also a light show.
By Melissa Anderson
Many in the area reported seeing the lightening during the night and also heard the thunder. Thunder snow storms, which usually occur during the early spring of the year in March and April, develop when the air layer closer to the ground is warmer than the layers above but still cold enough to create snow—a very precise circumstance.
The area can thank the thundersnow for the additional snow as increased snowfall is linked to the phenomenon. With the added 10.5 inches of snow, this winter is already one for the record books for snowfall.
The NDSU Langdon Research Extension Center has been keeping track of weather data since 1896, and over the last 120 years the previous highest recorded snowfall for the month of December was in 1916 with approximately 24 inches falling. As of December 28 that record has been broken with December of 2016 having 24.45 inches of snowfall with another snowstorm on the horizon, that number is bound to go even higher.
The Cavalier County Road men and the City of Langdon Street Department have been working hard to ensure that despite the heavy snowfall, the roads traveled by area residents are clear and safe.
In the City of Langdon alone, the street department crews along with help from area construction companies, have hauled out an estimate of 100-150 tons of snow over the course of December. The city crew has been putting in hellishly long hours, with an almost 24 hour long shift on Monday to clear as much of the city streets as they could to make them passable for vehicles.
Many in the City of Langdon have seen the monster snow piles that the city crews have piled at strategic locations, and with the snow field quickly filling, those piles may not be going anywhere soon. Caution is advised when approaching intersections that have large snow piles by them.