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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published July 14 2012

Weather Talk: Chance of more hot days likely tied to rain amounts

Through the midpoint of July, Fargo-Moorhead has had a higher than average number of hot days. Using 90 degrees as the standard, we had three hot days in May, two in June and six through the first half of July.

Throughout the historical record, Fargo-Moorhead has an average of about 14

90-degree days in a year. The records also indicate a very close relationship between summer rainfall and the number of hot days in a summer.

During the recent, two-decade rainy period, many wet summers have passed with only five or six hot days. Back in the drought summer of 1988, there were 39 days at 90 or higher.

This suggests that the chance of more hot weather this summer is likely tied to how much rain we get. If August turns rainy (as it did after a dry June and July in 2006), there might not be much late summer heat. If it stays dry, plan on some 90s and maybe a couple days above 100.

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