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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published May 04 2013

Weather Talk: Our chilly spring weather has happened here before

The chilly spring weather continues into May. Snow keeps falling here and there. Has this sort of spring happened before? Of course it has.

March in Fargo-Moorhead was the 14th coldest. April was the fifth coldest. Taken together, March and April was the third coldest. The weather we have been forced to endure has been endured in the past, even if it has only happened three, five, or 14 times since 1881.

The coldest May on record in Fargo-Moorhead was in 1907. That year, there were 10 days in May with highs in the 40s and one (May 2) with a high of 32 degrees.

Measurable snow fell on four separate occasions that May, on the 7th, 13th, 14th and 19th. None of those snowfalls was heavy. The total was 4.2 inches combined. The heaviest was 2.5 inches on May 14. The last frost was May 27 at 29 degrees.

Interestingly, the summer of 1907 was warmer than average, particularly July and August.

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