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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published April 17 2012

Weather Talk: Averages are just that and records are made to be broken

Today is the average first 70-degree day of spring here in Fargo-Moorhead. This spring, we have already had the pleasure of six such days.

The most recent was last Saturday. The first was way back on March 16, which was the earliest 70-degree day of record for any spring dating back to 1881. March 16, 2012, beat the record for the earliest 70-degree day by a day. The previous record had been March 15, 1968.

But averages are merely averages, and records are made to be broken.

Some may find themselves dissatisfied with the cooler weather today. But consider that one year ago today, we woke up to 2 inches of new snow on the ground, which melted slowly under a cloudy sky with the high temperature just 40 degrees.

Weather is not supposed to be average. Weather is what it is today. No more, no less.


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