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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published July 09 2012

Weather Talk: July 1936 heat wave set 121-degree record in North Dakota

The hottest weather of any summer is not necessarily right in the middle of the summer. Weather patterns vary from year to year, but on average, the hottest weather in our region occurs between July 5 and Aug. 15.

The most remarkable and notorious heat wave in our region’s history occurred in July 1936. In Fargo-Moorhead, the temperature was at least 95 degrees for 14 consecutive days starting July 5, including 11 days (eight consecutive) above 100 degrees. The hottest day during that stretch was July 6, when the official temperature for Fargo-Moorhead (then taken from downtown Moorhead) was 114 degrees, which remains the all-time record for Fargo-Moorhead.

Other notable temperatures that day include 118 degrees in Jamestown and the North Dakota state record of 121 degrees in Steele, so try not to complain too much about the heat so far this summer. It has been known to get a lot hotter around here.


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