Forum staff reports, Published April 17 2013
Local record for latest 50-degree day to be surpassed todayFARGO – Spring now is officially tardy in record-smashing fashion: Today was for more than a century the date marking the latest arrival of a 50-degree day here, a record set in 1881.
“We’re going to probably end up shattering it,” WDAY meteorologist Daryl Ritchison said of the 132-year-old record.
Today’s snowy forecast calls for a high of 36 degrees, and highs aren’t expected to surpass the 40s in the week ahead.
Coincidentally, 1881 was the first year official weather records were kept in Fargo.
The winter of 1880-81 was made famous by Laura Ingalls Wilder through her novel, “The Long Winter,” describing her pioneer family’s experience in DeSmet, S.D. That winter, which set many weather records in the Midwest, stretched from October to April, a weather feat now duplicated.
“A lot of people always joke about our six-month winters,” Ritchison said. “This year we literally had one.”
When will Fargo see its first 50-degree day?
“The earliest I could foresee it happening is late next week,” he said.
Last year, Fargo saw its first 50-degree day on Jan. 5, the earliest on record.
Fargo’s latest 60-degree on record is May 6, and May 28 is the latest arrival of a 70-degree day.