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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published July 12 2013

Weather Talk: Recent July Fourths buck trend with temps in 90s

Since weather records began in Fargo-Moorhead in 1881, the high temperature has reached 90 degrees or higher on July 4 only 10 times.

Although we may think hot when it comes to Independence Day celebrations, through the years, the high temperature has been in the 60s more than the 90s. But the past few years, the Fourth of July weather has definitely bucked the long-term trend.

Although the high on has been in the 90s only 10 times, three of those 90-degree Independence Days have been the last three July Fourths. The high on July 4 this year was 92 degrees; in 2012 it was 94 degrees, and in 2011 it was 93 degrees.

That is the longest such streak for that date on record. Previously, the longest 90-degree streak on July 4 was two, set back in 1988-89. It was in 1989 that Fargo-Moorhead recorded the warmest Independence Day on record when the high reached 97 degrees.

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