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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published May 22 2012

Weather Talk: May temps in triple digits historically rare for area

A 90-degree high temperature in May occurs approximately every three years. Recent years with a high at 90 degrees or higher in Fargo-Moorhead include this year, 2010, 2006 and 2001.

Although temperatures this warm have occurred in only 46 Mays, every day of the month except one has a record high of 90 degrees or higher. The exception is May 6, with a record high of 88 degrees set in 1896.

Although a few days in the 90s in May are not that usual, what has been historically rare has been temperatures in the triple digits. Since 1881 there have only been two recorded days in May when the high temperature reached 100 degrees or higher. By coincidence, both times were on May 30 – one in 1934 and one in 1939.

If you have a 2012 Stormtracker calendar, you will notice only one record high this month above 100 degrees, a 104-degree high on May 30, 1934, but in 1939 there was another scorcher of 101 degrees on that very same day.


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