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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published January 15 2013

Weather Talk: Coldest temp of winter to this point: 13 below

The coldest temperature so far this winter has been 13 below on Christmas Eve. By Fargo-Moorhead standards, that is not very cold for a coldest temperature. Last winter brought the highest average temperature during a winter season, but the coldest temperature measured during last winter was 17 below.

Over the long-term history back to 1881, the average coldest temperature in winter is 28 below. In recent years, as the climate has warmed slightly, that average has also been rising. The average over the past 10 years is 27 below.

Scanning the years, it seems that the coldest temperatures in the colder winters are as cold as ever (minus 33 in 2010, minus 36 in 2004 and minus 39 in 1996), but there has been an increase in the percentage of winters that never get very cold. The winter with the mildest minimum temperature was back in 2001-02, with 11 below.

If the forecast holds, we may soon be headed for our coldest temperatures of this winter.

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