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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published May 25 2012

Weather Talk: May 2012 notable for three days of 90-degree heat

Although this May has virtually no chance of finishing as the warmest on record, it will likely be an above-average month. Already there have been three days of 90-degree heat, including a record daily high of 96 degrees on May 18 and two other record-tying days.

The warmest May on record was in 1977, and despite only one 90-degree day that month, the record was set by afternoons in the 80s and a lot of warm nights. Back in 1988, there were five days above 90, including the final four of the month. In 1934, there were seven days above 90, including 104 degrees on May 30.

Four of the five warmest Mays in Fargo-Moorhead, 1988, 1934, 1939, and 1936, were followed by extremely hot and dry summers, but the warmest May on record – in 1977 – occurred during an extremely rainy year.

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