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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published October 30 2013

Weather Talk: Cold spring months make 2013 cooler than average

The average temperature through the first 10 months of 2013 is running about one degree below average. Seven of the 10 months this year recorded temperatures reasonably close to the average, with most of them finishing just slightly above normal.

September was the only month so far this year that finished well above average. The temperature last month was 5.3 degrees above normal.

This year as a whole is running below average because of the extremely cold March and April this region recorded. April 2013 is the coldest April on record for the state of North Dakota and ranks as the third-coldest in Minnesota. April finished more than 10 degrees below average in Fargo-Moorhead after the month of March had also finished more than 10 degrees below average.

For the year, 2013 will probably finish as colder than average overall, principally because of those two very cold spring months.

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