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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published March 29 2012

Weather Talk: Month’s weather warm but not unprecedented

Warm weather today and Saturday will likely be enough for this month’s average temperature to break the March record set in 1910.

But there is more than one way to lay claim to being the warmest. The ice went out on Big Detroit Lake last Saturday morning, March 24, missing the record by just a day. So at least by this particular standard of measurement, the spring of 2012 is not the earliest spring on record, losing out to 1910.

March of 1910 also remains the only year in which the Fargo-Moorhead temperature reached 80 degrees, which it did on March 23 of that year. This year’s highest March reading was 78 degrees on March 18. Meanwhile, the overnight low temperature of 60 degrees, also on March 18 this year, broke the March daily minimum temperature record by 12 degrees.

The point is, statistics can be misleading, but it is clear that the weather this month is not unprecedented.

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