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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published April 10 2013

Weather Talk: Cold records more difficult to break due to our climate

Last year at this time, we were persistently well above average. This year, we have been consistently well below average.

In the warmth of 2012, we broke several daily high temperature records as well as monthly records. Although the past several weeks have been very cold, we have yet to break a single daily record and have come far short of any monthly records.

The last record-low temperature set in Fargo-Moorhead was on Jan. 2, 2010, more than three years ago. We live in a cold-dominated climate with long winters and short summers. Therefore, cold records are much more difficult to break than ones for warmth. Also, if you add the effects of land-use changes around Fargo-Moorhead (urban heat island), reaching a record low becomes even more difficult.

One cold record we may break is the latest first 50-degree high in a year. The current record is April 17, set back in 1881.


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