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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published February 08 2012

Weather Talk: Winter already ranks high for days above 32 degrees

Since Dec. 1, Fargo-Moorhead has officially recorded a high above freezing 35 times. That is nearly one day out of every two.

The record for the most days above freezing during the three principal months of winter is 44, set back during the winter of 1923-24.

With 20 more days left in climatological winter to challenge that mark, this winter is already ranked as having the ninth-most days above 32 degrees since 1881.

This is in stark contrast to the past four winters. The past four winters all finished with below-average temperatures. Those winters combined had a grand total of 34 days with a temperature above freezing, not quite matching what we accomplished this year in just over two months.

My strong suspicion is we will not break the record, but either way, this mild winter has certainly shown us the warmer side of our climate.

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