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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published June 13 2012

Weather Talk: Second-warmest spring in ND, Minn. since 1893

The National Climatic Data Center released their climate statistics for both May and the spring season last week. Fargo-Moorhead recorded the warmest spring on record.

Overall, both North Dakota and Minnesota ended up with the second-warmest spring since 1893.

The lower 48 states overall recorded the warmest spring on record, as did a vast majority of the states east of the Rocky Mountains.

The previous year with the warmest spring was in 1910, and that year still ranks as the warmest on record for North Dakota and Minnesota. The main difference between these two very warm springs was that in 1910, the warmth was centered just slightly north of where it was this year.

That slight difference was enough to keep the local states just short of that record of 102 years ago, but did allow states to our south and east to edge out 1910 as the warmest.

Of note, both 1910 and 2012 were unique in the record books for the record-high temperatures on individual days.

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