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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published August 08 2013

Weather Talk: This year’s cool August nothing compared to 2004

Although our summer has turned very cool lately, the temperatures have been nowhere near as cold as they were in August 2004.

Aug. 9 of that year was one of those rare summer days in which the high temperature of the day (only 61 degrees) actually occurred at midnight. For most of the day, it was in the 50s.

The following day, the high temperature was 59. Morning temperatures were in the 40s five consecutive days. The weather briefly warmed, reaching 80 degrees Aug. 17. This modest warm spell was followed by two consecutive mornings, the 19th and 20th, with temperatures in the 30s.

The 34 degrees recorded Aug. 20 was the coldest August temperature in Fargo-Moorhead since the 1880s. Frost was visible on car windshields and rooftops that morning.


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