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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published December 24 2013

Weather Talk: Some extreme weather has occurred on Christmas

When extreme weather coincides with a holiday, it becomes even more memorable.

Some readers may recall some of these Christmas Day extremes. The coldest Christmas morning in Fargo-Moorhead since record keeping began in 1881 was 31 below in 1933. But the coldest Christmas Day was in 1996, when the morning low of 27 below warmed up to just 14 below in the afternoon.

The Christmas Day record high was 47 degrees in 1999. Although such a mild temperature sounds pleasant, strong wind with gusts to 48 mph made for a less than pleasant Christmas Day that year. From 1881 through 2008, Christmas Day had been one of the lucky days without a snowstorm. The record was 3.6 inches in 1912. But that changed in 2009 when 8.5 inches fell on Christmas as part of a four-day, 17-inch snowstorm that upset many holiday plans but created many Christmas Day weather memories.


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