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Summer Snow In North Dakota

In the south-east corner of North Dakota is Richland County. The county seat is the town of Wahpeton. It is located in the fertile Red River valley and attracted many settlers. The St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Manitoba Railroad was built through the town and it population grew. In 1888 Wahpeton was among the first cities in North Dakota to be electrified.

On July 11, 1912 while tyhe east coast of the US was sweltering in record heat, Wapheton experienced snow.

Snow at the Wahpeton train depot
July 11, 1912

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2 thoughts on “Summer Snow In North Dakota

  1. David Gray on said:

    Was there really snowfall in Wapheton on July 11, 1912 or was that snow transported there by railcar and dumped on the platform as a stunt?

  2. David Gray on said:

    Note that meteorological records for that day in Fargo, ND (43 miles distant) indicate a high temperature of 83 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 58 with heavy thunderstorm . So another possibility is that the white stuff is actually small hail.

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