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Daryl Ritchison, Published February 18 2013

Weather Talk: Winter of 2012-13 trending toward above-average temps

During the winter of 2011-2012 (December through February), Fargo-Moorhead recorded a high above freezing 47 times. That is the equivalent of the high temperature exceeding 32 degrees every other day during that three-month stretch. That was the most such days during a winter since records began in 1881. The previous record was set during the winter of 1923-24, when 44 such days were recorded.

So far this winter, Hector Interntaional Airport has gotten above freezing on just 13 days. Although that is a significant change from last year, the long-term average is only 18, meaning we will finish our current winter at least near the average.

We may finish this winter with fewer melting days than an average winter, but overall, unless the last week of this month is bitterly cold, the winter of 2012-13 will be our second-straight winter with above-average temperatures.

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