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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published May 29 2012

Weather Talk: Weather has ups and downs, but spring still warm in F-M

The recent spell of mostly cool days has left many people wondering what happened to our warm spring. Well, we still are having it.

The average temperature for the each of the three spring months is well above normal. Obviously, for a season to be considered “warm” or “above average,” it does not need to be warm every day of the season. Weather is always full of ups and downs. The coldest of winters is bound to have a few mild days, just like the hottest of summers is certain to bring a few chilly mornings.

The coldest and hottest temperatures in the recorded weather history of North Dakota happened in the same calendar year. In February 1936, it was minus 60 degrees in Parshall, and in July of that year, it reached 121 in Steele.

It is the nature of weather here in the middle of the North American continent to be variable. That there have been recent days in the 90s and also in the 50s is not unusual.

There are many places on Earth that do not have much weather variability. But here in the Fargo-Moorhead area, variability is really what defines our weather.

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