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John Wheeler, Published January 28 2013

Weather Talk: A look back at crazy-cold weather of nine years ago

Nine years ago this week was the last time the Fargo-Moorhead area had crazy-cold weather. On Jan. 25, 2004, which was a Sunday, a fluffy 12-inch snow fell, which increased the snow depth to 18 inches.

That fluffy foot set up the perfect conditions for cold weather, and when arctic air settled in over the next few days, it got seriously cold. Three nights that week had low temperatures below

minus 30 degrees. Many of the days that week were quite breezy, which produced wind chill readings well into the minus 40s.

But the coldest weather came on Jan. 29 and 30. Nine years ago today, the high temperature was minus 22 degrees and the low was minus 32 degrees. The next day, the high was minus 21 degrees and the low was minus 36. We went two days plus a few more hours with the temperature stuck at lower than minus 20 degrees, and that was without consideration of the wind chill.

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