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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published July 20 2013

Weather Talk: Single-day high, low record not likely to happen here

In a recent Weather Talk, the topic dealt with an individual state recording both the daily highest and lowest temperature in the nation. Although anything is possible, the odds of North Dakota or Minnesota recording the highest and lowest temperature on any given day are virtually zero.

Of course, this area does record the coldest reading in the lower 48 states each winter on occasion, but for this area to record the highest temperature on any given day is quite rare.

According to a study done by Steven Dutch, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, from 1995 through 2006, 97 percent of the national daily high temperatures occurred in just four states: Florida, Texas, Arizona and California.

The last time Fargo-Moorhead recorded or tied for the warmest temperature in the nation was on June 17, 1995, when we hit 100 degrees. Fargo-Moorhead was also tied for the warmest temperature in the nation on April 21, 1980, when we recorded our earliest 100-degree day on record.


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