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Forum staff reports, Published May 13 2013

Fargo temperatures sink to 28, rise to 93 in wild weather streak

FARGO – Wild weather whipped through much of the Midwest this weekend with temperatures swinging between extremes from day to night.

On Sunday morning, temperatures started at just 28 degrees but climbed to a high of 63 degrees at Hector International Airport in Fargo. At 7 a.m. Monday morning, it was 50 degrees there, but by 5 p.m., it was a balmy 93, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

Although 93 degrees was far from the average temperature for May, it did not break the record high of 95 degrees set in 1894.

“The normal high is 69 (degrees), so obviously we’re higher than normal,” said Brad Hopkins, meteorologist for the weather service. “When we see the temperatures around 70 (degrees) later this week, that’s closer to normal,” Hopkins said.

He said the shift in temperatures Sunday and Monday was due to a warm high-pressure system that moved across the country.

At Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the temperature fell to a low of 36 degrees Monday morning but is expected to soar to 84 degrees today.

Back in Fargo, a cool front will be moving into the area tonight, possibly bringing rain. Temperatures will stay lower then throughout the week, Hopkins said.

“Right now what we’re expecting is highs will be lower, but then we’ll have another system come through later in the week with a better chance for some rainfall,” Hopkins said. “For the time being, (Monday) looks like it’ll be the warmest part of the week.”