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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published July 25 2013

Weather Talk: Area experiences some of greatest temp ranges in US

The lowest temperature on record in Fargo-Moorhead is minus 48 degrees set back in January 1887. The warmest temperature recorded in Fargo-Moorhead was 114 degrees set in July 1936. That is a range of 162 degrees.

The range in Grand Forks is from a maximum of 109 degrees to minus 43 degrees, for a difference of 152 degrees. One difference is the official records in Grand Forks do not include the cold 1880s.

Langdon has recorded temperatures of 112 degrees to minus 51 degrees, which is a 1-degree greater range than Fargo-Moorhead.

These are some of the largest temperature extremes in the lower 48 states. Fairbanks, Alaska, has been as warm as 99 degrees, with a record low temperature of minus 66 degrees, for a range of 165 degrees, probably the greatest range of any major city in the United States.

There are also places in Siberia and Canada with similar all-time temperature extremes, meaning our area is not necessarily unique, yet we do experience some of the greatest temperature ranges of any location on Earth.

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