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Daryl Ritchison, Published September 24 2012

Weather Talk: Chilly morning on Sept. 18 even for International Falls

We all have weather perceptions. If Phoenix is mentioned, hot and dry comes to mind. Florida means humid. North Dakota or Minnesota, many would say cold and snowy. Of course such perceptions have some truth to them, but in each climate the weather is obviously far more variable.

A week ago, Sept. 18, when Hector International Airport in Fargo recorded the first frost of the season, I noticed that International Falls, Minn., reported a low of 20 degrees that same morning. My perception of International Falls is cold, and therefore a temperature that low did not make me think it was a record. When I discovered it was, part of me was surprised.

Yet, that 20-degree low in International Falls not only broke the record for the day by 7 degrees, it almost broke the all-time lowest temperature recorded in the month of September of 19 degrees, which was set just last year. So even by International Falls’ cold standards, that was a chilly morning for so early in the season.


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