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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published July 03 2012

Weather Talk: 90-degree temps on July 4 rare in F-M record books

On July 4, 1989, the high temperature in Fargo-Moorhead was 97 degrees. It was a new record high for the day, besting the previous record of 95 degrees from 1948. To many, it was just another hot day in a series of hot summers during the drought in the late 1980s. Little did anyone know it would be the last 90-degree reading on the Fourth of July until 2011.

Last year, the high on this date was 93 degrees, which was only the eighth Independence Day since 1881 to record a high at or above 90 degrees. Through the years, the high temperature has been in the 60s more frequently than the 90s for our Independence Day celebrations. In fact, July 4 has the fewest number of 90-degree days of any day during July.

Although 90-degree temperatures have been rare on this day, it appears we have a chance at the ninth such occurrence on record.

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