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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published June 09 2013

Weather Talk: Cool start doesn’t predict trend for rest of summer

This June has definitely started off cool, but nowhere near as cold as what we experienced in June 2009. From June 5 through June 9 that year, the high temperature never got out of the 50s. It was the only time since records began in 1881 that Fargo-Moorhead recorded five straight days with a high below 60 degrees during the month of June.

Although not consecutively, there were two other Junes with five total days with highs below 60 degrees, in 1915 and in 1897. One of those days during that cold stretch four years ago, June 6, 2009, the high only reached 53 degrees, and that was tied for the coldest June high temperature since 1969.

The summer of 2009 remained cool and ranks as the 17th-coldest on record. On the other hand, June 1998 recorded three days with high temperature in the 50s, but that summer finished with above-average temperatures.

So using the past as a guide, a cool start to a summer does not necessarily mean that the rest of the season will follow that trend.


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