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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published November 15 2012

Weather Talk: Oct. ranks in top 30 coldest in North Dakota, Minnesota

October ranked as the 41st coolest on record in Fargo Moorhead. Although locally last month was not exceptionally cold for our climate, other parts of both North Dakota and Minnesota finished much colder.

The National Climatic Data Center released their monthly statistics for last month earlier this week and found that, taken as a whole, October ranked in the top 30 coldest on record in both North Dakota and Minnesota. The NCDC ranked October 2012 as the 23rd coldest on record in North Dakota and the 29th coldest on record for the state of Minnesota.

The precipitation statistics also varied. Fargo-Moorhead record 2.22 inches of rain and melted snow last month, right at the average of 2.15 inches, but taken as a whole, North Dakota recorded the 14th-wettest October on record. There were several precipitation events in western and northern North Dakota last month that missed us locally or dropped lighter amounts of precipitation.

On the other hand, Minnesota, like Fargo-Moorhead, finished right near the long-term average for precipitation.

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