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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published February 21 2013

Weather Talk: Late winter temp records haven’t been set recently

The Fargo record low for today is 30 below set in 1891. But after today, there are only six more dates the rest of the spring with record lows in the minus 30s.

The latest is a spectacular 32 below set on March 15, 1897. However, none of these late-winter, 30-below temperatures have happened recently. The most recent was Feb. 25, 1950. In fact, it has been some time since there has been a temperature as low as 20 below this late in a winter. The last time was 21 below on Feb. 27, 2001.

The last time it got to 20 below in March was on March 5, 1997, when the snow was at a record average depth of 32 inches.

Late winter weather can be fiercely cold. But it is not very likely to be as cold as the middle of winter.


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