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[View the story "Photos: October Snowstorm in Minnesota, North Dakota" on Storify]Photos: October Snowstorm in Minnesota, North DakotaPeople woke up to snowy December morning, during the first week of October.Storified by Accu Weather · Thu, Oct 04 2012 08:45:55Good morning, Grand Forks? ❄ http://pic.twitter.com/QqAEF0HWCourtney BeckwithPeople woke up to snowy December morning, during the first week of October. Moderate to heavy snow is spreading from northeastern North Dakota into northwestern Minnesota, while winds above 40-mph whip across the region.undefinedAccuweatherWelcoming our first snowstorm!!! http://pic.twitter.com/g4uOSDyMkelly jo funmakerTo fish in a snowstorm or not to fish in a snowstorm that is the question?Ryan ChudeckeTwo days ago I was evacuating my patients because of a fire. Today we have no power because of a snowstorm. I am ready for this week to be over!Stephanie RozsaHow unusual is early October snow in North Dakota ? October 3, 2012 -The spin doctors are trying to tell us that the early snow in North Dakota is "not that weird an occurrence." However, according to the Grand Forks Herald, on average, the first full inch of snow doesn't fall until Nov. 11 in Fargo and Nov. 15 in Grand Forks, N.D.They're talking about ONE inch. But this storm is expected to dump six to 12 inches - of the white stuff on the area.According to the National Weather Service, the potential exists for six to twelve inches of snow across the northern Red River Valley into northwest Minnesota. Records going back to 1940 show that, in the Red River Valley and the Devils Lake Basin, the last time the area received early measurable snow was 62 years ago, on Oct. 2, 1950. Another notable snowstorm in those areas happened on Oct. 7-8, 1985.The weather service defines measurable snow as 1 inch in depth or greater.So, depending on your interpretation of the word, an early October snowstorm may not be "weird." But it certainly is highly unusual.Whatever happened to "global warming"?http://iceagenow.info/2012/10/unusual-early-october-snow-north-dakota/Kenneth LundChristmas in October? Check out the #snow from Grand Forks, ND this AM. (H/T @TNelsonWNTV) http://pic.twitter.com/8hAWKvXL #KVOAwxJeff BeamishOnly in Fargo can it be nice out one day and snow the next. ❄ http://pic.twitter.com/oT4Gox8QRachel PondView from the DOT camera near Casselton, ND just west of Fargo. http://twitpic.com/b0xl7dDarylRitchisonHappy October 4th everyone, and welcome to Fargo. http://pic.twitter.com/VEeQt2ZgSarah KrallWhat a sight to wake up too, little snowstorm in the beginning of October. http://pic.twitter.com/hDNR6hn7Mark MacMillanThis is what roads in Grand Forks look like.. A wet snowy slushy mess. http://pic.twitter.com/xnREDpMYJohn TrierweilerSnowing in Fargo. Is is December or October?! #toosoon http://pic.twitter.com/NJSX1BncLisa BudeauNot a fun day to be outside if you're in the northern valley.. Very windy, snowy and cold. http://pic.twitter.com/lis9mVUoJohn Trierweiler
Storified by Accu Weather · Thu, Oct 04 2012 08:45:55
Showers and thunderstorms will return to the Southwest late this week and could reach part of California.
A cold front swinging into the Northeast will bring the threat of severe weather to part of the region on Tuesday afternoon.
The southwest Gulf of Mexico has given birth to the Atlantic basin's fourth tropical storm of the season and will send torrential rain into northern Mexico.
Flooding is a concern across southwest Mexico through midweek as Norbert moves just offshore.
The Alaskan wood frog, which freezes itself during the harsh winter months, can remain in an extreme frozen state far longer than researchers originally thought.
An area of low pressure will bring a threat of heavy rain and flooding to parts of southern Europe through the middle of the week.
Mecca, CA (1950)
126 degrees - highest ever for U.S. in Sept.
East Coast (1775)
Matecumbe Key, FL (1935)
Labor Day Hurricane hit Florida. Pressure at
Matecumbe Key dipped to 26.35"/892.3 mb.
Most intense hurricane ever to hit the U.S.
with 200-mph wind. Tide of 15 feet; 408 dead.