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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published June 08 2012

Weather Talk: June 1988 warmest June in F-M’s weather records

On this date in 1988, the low temperature in Fargo-Moorhead was 42 degrees, with many areas across Minnesota reporting a light frost. But by afternoon, the temperature was back to 80 degrees.

Such a remarkable warm-up during a summer is indicative of air with very low humidity, something we had a lot of that very hot and dry summer. Through the end of May, we had already had five days in the 90s (compared to three this spring), and there would be 13 more during June.

June 1988 remains the warmest June in the Fargo-Moorhead record. But what made the month remarkable was the extraordinarily dry weather. Afternoon relative humidity levels were often near 10 percent. A modest 1.24 inches of rain fell over five different days, but the only substantial rain all that month was the 0.69 inches that fell June 14. All in all, the summer of 1988 brought the highest average temperature for a summer, as well as the most 90-degree days at 37.

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