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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published June 28 2012

Weather Talk: July 30, 2006, last time F-M saw 100-degree temperature

The extreme heat recorded to our west this week prompted questions about the last 100-degree temperature in Fargo-Moorhead. On July 30, 2006, the high reached 102 degrees, and that still stands as the last 100-degree day locally.

Earlier that month, on July 15, 2006, the high was 101 degrees, which was the first triple-digit high since June 17, 1995, a stretch of 11 years. Before that day in 1995, six years had passed since the previous 100-degree day was recorded during the hot and dry summers of the late 1980s.

Therefore, since 1989 the official high at Hector International Airport in Fargo has reached 100 degrees only three times. There is no other such period since 1881 with so few days of extreme heat. The abundance of moisture and the associated clouds and wetter soils have been partially responsible for this lack of heat in recent years, but the other reality is that the atmosphere has rarely been conducive for temperatures that warm in the past two decades.


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