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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published December 22 2012

Weather Talk: This year will go down as warmest in F-M since 1881

As 2012 comes to a close, so do the final weather statistics for the year. The year, 2012, will go down as the warmest year since 1881 in Fargo- Moorhead and also one of the driest.

Although this past year did not record any extreme summer heat like other notable warm years in the past, we did experience several rounds of extremely warm temperatures during January and March. During those two months, 11 record high temperatures were recorded, including the warmest January temperature on record.

In all, 18 record highs were recorded this past year, ranking 2012 as having the most record highs of any year, surpassing both 1936 and 1931, which currently hold 15 record highs each.

No record lows were recorded in 2012. In fact, the last record low temperature recorded in Fargo-Moorhead was nearly two years ago on Jan. 2, 2010, when the temperature dropped to minus 33 degrees that morning.

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