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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published August 18 2013

Weather Talk: First half of August closes 6.2 degrees below average

The first half of August finished with an average temperature of just 64.5 degrees, which was 6.2 degrees below average. That ranked as the ninth-coldest such period on record. It was the coolest start to August since 2004, and with the exception of 1977, all the other years with such cool starts to August were either in the 1880s or the early part of the 1900s.

Although the month started out cool, it has now trended much warmer, unlike when a devastating frost occurred on Aug. 20, 2004, effectively ending the growing season for most locations north of Fargo-Moorhead.

Our current warm-up looks to have staying power, therefore, by the end of the month, the average August temperature may finish very close to the average. Not only did this month start cool, it was also dry. The airport recorded only 0.25 inch of rain during the first half of the month and that ranked as the 18th-driest such period on record.

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