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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published February 21 2012

Weather Talk: F-M still has chance to break warmest average temp record

Monday’s wet, slushy snow put Fargo-Moorhead over 15 inches for the cold-weather season.

With the rest of February and all of March still to come, it is likely that we will get more snow. In fact, it would not be unusual to double our current total for the winter before the spring finally becomes manifest.

This winter stopped being in the chase for the least-snowy winter many weeks ago. The least-snowy winters recorded 9.3 inches in 1957-58; 12 inches in 1894-95; 13.1 inches in 1980-81; 14.2 inches in 1958-59; 14.9 inches in 1956-57; 15.2 inches in 1904-05; and 15.4 inches in 1923-24.

The winter months of December through February are still in the running to break the record for the warmest average temperature. However, the forecast of colder weather this weekend and next week could make that less likely.

We have already broken the 1923-24 record of 44 days above 32 degrees during December through February. Through yesterday, this winter has brought 46 days above freezing.


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