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John Wheeler, Published March 03 2013

Weather Talk: 2012 boasts warmest March on record in Fargo-Moorhead

One year ago this morning, there was 9 inches of snow on the ground, and it was 5 degrees below zero. That would be the final subzero temperature of the winter, and the snow did not have long to live.

There was a sudden shift to a very mild weather pattern a year ago, leading to the warmest March on record in Fargo-Moorhead. On March 10, we had our first 50-degree day. Three days later it reached 63 degrees. Three days after that, it got to 76 degrees, the earliest 70-degree day on record.

Amazingly, there would be five more days in the 70s last March. The most remarkable day last March was the 18th. The high temperature was 78 degrees, and a strong wind kept the temperature from dropping, leading to a low temperature of 60 degrees. Not only was that low temperature very summerlike, it broke the record for the warmest low on record for the month of March by 12 degrees.

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