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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published January 10 2012

Weather Talk: Warm temps, lack of snow this winter season related

Even on a brisk, blustery day like today, we should all be aware of how remarkable this winter has been with its near absence of snow and cold weather. Of course, the two are related. The dry weather has kept the ground bare, which has been soaking up sunshine and adding to the warmth of the air.

The temperature in Fargo-Moorhead has, so far, only dropped below zero one morning. It was 1 below zero on the morning of Dec. 9. Other winters have started out with very little subzero weather before January, but there has always been a stretch or two of cold weather.

The fewest number of calendar days with a subzero temperature during a winter was 14 in the winter of 1986-87. The winter with the mildest coldest day was 2001-02, when the coldest it got all winter was minus 11 on March 3.

The average number of subzero temperature calendar days is about 47, while the average lowest temperature during a winter is about 29 below.

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