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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published March 18 2012

Weather Talk: Winter season notably warm nationally as well as locally

The winter of 2011-12 was remarkably warm, not only locally but nationally as well.

Fargo-Moorhead recorded the warmest winter since 1881. Grand Forks recorded its fourth-warmest winter on record. As a whole, the state of North Dakota recorded the fifth-warmest winter on record, and it was the fourth-warmest for the state of Minnesota.

The National Climatic Data Center has computed overall state records since 1895. Nationally, the months of December, January and February finished as the fourth-warmest such period on record.

Although some individual cities, like Fargo and Moorhead, recorded the overall warmest winter on record, no state as a whole accomplished that feat, although every state east of the Rocky Mountains recorded an above-average winter, with most of the states recording temperatures well above average.

Areas along the West Coast recorded temperatures near or below average, but only the state of Alaska had a truly colder-than-average winter season.

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