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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published December 31 2013

Weather Talk: 2013 second year in row with minimal temperature range

The just completed 2013 was our second straight year with a minimal temperature range. The warmest temperature last year was a 96-degree high on Aug. 20, and the coldest temperature was 21 below zero on Feb. 1 and Dec. 23. That makes for a yearly range of 117 degrees.

Although that may sound impressive, in our climate, that ranks as tied for the fifth-lowest yearly temperature range on record. The average spread from our warmest to lowest temperature in a year is 127 degrees.

This past year marked the second year in a row with a range of only 117 degrees. The smallest range in temperature in any year was set back in 2002, when the range was only 110 degrees with the warmest temperature being 98 degrees and the coldest a mere minus 12 degrees that year.

The year with the highest range in temperatures to no surprise for many of you was set in 1936, when the lowest and highest temperatures were 37 below zero and 114 for a range of 151 degrees.

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