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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published April 21 2013

Weather Talk: Heat wave brought a high of 100 degrees today in 1980

The record high today is 100 degrees, set in 1980. On that day, a dry west wind blew hot air and dust all across the northern Great Plains. Fargo, along with Grand Forks and Waterloo, Iowa, all tied for the highest temperatures that day in the United States.

The spring had brought roughly average temperatures to that point, and so many of the larger lakes in western Minnesota were still bound in winter ice, creating a bizarre contrast of hot and cold. The previous day had been 94 degrees in Fargo-Moorhead, so that was a notable heat wave for so early in the year.

The 100-degree temperature is the earliest 100-degree day on record for Fargo-Moorhead and is more than a month earlier than the second-earliest 100-degree day.

On April 22, 1980, a cold front brought a strong northwest wind, and on the morning of April 23, it was 26 degrees.

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