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Daryl Ritchison, Published August 19 2012

Weather Talk: Low temp was 34 degrees in F-M on this date in 2004

It was on this date in 2004 that the low temperature in Fargo-Moorhead dropped to 34 degrees. Although the official low at the airport managed to stay just above freezing, frost was seen on many rooftops, car windshields and low spots throughout the city.

The temperatures to our north were even colder. Frost was very common along and north of Highway 200 in both North Dakota and in Minnesota, with some areas reporting a hard freeze (temperature at 28 degrees or lower). The temperatures were so cold that morning that they effectively ended the growing season for much of northern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. It was not a one-night event, as record low temperatures were set on Aug. 19 and 21 in many locations as well.

The summer of 2004 was the seventh-coldest on record, and it was also the year when high temperatures were only in the upper 50s on the Fourth of July in west-central Minnesota.

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