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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published November 23 2012

Weather Talk: Say goodbye to average high temp of 32 or warmer

Today is the last day of the year with an average high of 32 degrees or warmer until next spring. For the next 104 days, the average high will be below 32 degrees in Fargo-Moorhead.

Of course this does not mean we will not be observing any melting during this stretch. Historically, we average 20 days with a high at or above 32 degrees during December, January and February.

Although some winters, we have only recorded a handful of above freezing days, last year the official high at Hector International Airport reached or exceeded the freezing mark on 53 occasions from Dec. 1 through Feb. 29. This is more than the previous four winters combined. You may remember that all four of those winters finished colder than average and last winter was the warmest on record.

This is another great example of the high variability from year to year this region experiences.

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