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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published August 23 2013

Weather Talk: This Aug. 20 was very hot – opposite of date in 2004

Tuesday’s 96 degree scorcher fell on the same day, nine years removed, from a remarkably cold summer day.

The summer of 2004 had been a cold season. In fact, it was the coldest summer in Fargo-Moorhead since 1915. On Aug. 20, 2004, the morning low was 34 degrees. Frost was observed on rooftops and car windshields across the region. Some gardens were nipped by the light, scattered frost. The high that day was a chilly 65 degrees.

This past Tuesday, nine years later to the day, the morning low was 70 and the high was 96.

The 34 degrees in 2004 remains the record low for the date. The 96 degrees last Tuesday is nowhere near the record of 104 set in 1976.

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