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Daryl Ritchison. WDAY, Published February 24 2013

Weather Talk: F-M’s likely seen last day below zero till next winter

Last Tuesday, Feb. 19, the official high in Fargo-Moorhead was minus 1 degree. The average last subzero high temperature occurs on Feb. 9. Considering we have recorded only three subzero high temperatures during the month of March in the past 40 years, it is quite likely that the next day with a temperature remaining below zero will not occur until next winter.

The morning low, however, is a different story. The long-term average date for our last below-zero low temperature of the winter occurs on March 11. In fact, the last below-zero low has occurred in March for the past six winters in a row. Even during last year’s record-breaking March, the temperature dropped to minus 5 on March 5, then the warmth hit with a vengeance, with the high hitting 76 degrees just 12 days later.


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