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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published March 07 2013

Weather Talk: Recalling early warm spell that started in March 2000

On this day in 2000, it was 49 degrees in Fargo-Moorhead. As pleasant as that may sound, that day had been preceded by three days in the 60s.

The winter of 1999-2000 was a mild one, with very little snow that had all melted by the end of February during a week of weather with high temperatures in the 40s. With no snow and the ground relatively dry, conditions were right for an early warm spell.

On March 3, the temperature soared under sunny skies to a record high of 61 degrees. The next day it was 55. The following three days were all in the 60s, including 67 degrees on March 5. With the fields open, a lot of sunshine was absorbed by the black soil that, in turn, warmed the air near the surface to temperatures unusual for the season.

The remainder of March 2000 was cooler, with a couple of snowfalls and a lot of days in the 30s and 40s. The temperature reached the 60s one more time on March 30.


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