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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published January 01 2013

Weather Talk: Bitter cold also ushered in new year in 2010

The new year may have started off cold, but it was nowhere near as cold as it was in early January 2010.

After being blanketed with 2 feet of snow in December 2009, with most of that occurring around Christmas, Fargo-Moorhead had on average 13 inches of snow on the ground as 2009 ended. Once the Christmas storm moved out of the region, the north wind on the back side of that system brought in some bitterly cold air from Canada.

What turned out to be the coldest air of the season arrived, with both the low and the high staying below zero on Jan. 1, 2010. The next morning, the low temperature at Hector International Airport dropped to minus 33 degrees. That was and still is the record low for this date, and it is also the last record low recorded locally.

After that bitterly cold start, January 2010 ended up finishing slightly above average and, at least in the short term, our temperatures also look to be above average by this weekend.

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