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John Wheeler, Published December 30 2012

Weather Talk: Early start to spring 2012’s most notable weather event

From my perspective, the most remarkable weather happening in Fargo-Moorhead in 2012 was the early start to spring. Fargo-Moorhead weather in March was 13.8 degrees above normal, making it the warmest March on record.

The month began with 9 inches of snow on the ground, and two of the first days of the month had subzero morning temperatures. But the snow quickly melted and very warm air moved in. There were three daily record highs and five days in which the low temperature was a daily warm record.

On March 18, the highest temperature was 78 degrees and the lowest was 60 – both records The low temperature of 60 broke by 12 degrees the record for the warmest low temperature recorded in the month of March. This remarkable day was made possible by a very warm air mass in place across the center of the Great Plains combined with a strong south wind, which remained strong through the night of the 18th and greatly limited most of the typical nocturnal cooling.

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