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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published March 25 2013

Weather Talk: F-M sees below-zero temps on 43 days this cold season

With the addition of several below-zero readings this month, the total number of days Fargo-Moorhead has recorded a negative low temperature this cold season is now at 43 days. The long-term average since 1881 is 49 such days, and the average over the past 30 years is 41 negative days.

During the winter of 2011-12, Hector International Airport in Fargo only dropped below zero on 16 days, which was the third-lowest total on record. Only the winters of 1986-87 and 1930-31 recorded fewer below-zero mornings than was recorded last winter.

Many recent cold seasons have recorded fewer than normal negative days, but there have been a few exceptions. The winter of 2010-11 had 52 days below zero and the winter of 2008-09 ended up with 61 such days. The most in recent years was the brutal winter of 1996-97, when the airport dropped below zero 67 times.

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