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Forum News Service, Published January 01 2014

Did December feel cold to you? That's because it was

FARGO —If December seemed colder than usual, that’s because it was.

According to the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks, Fargo recorded an average temperature of 4 degrees this past December, the 11th coldest monthly average for records dating back to 1881.

It was on average about 10 degrees colder than normal, and the frigid temperatures are forecast to stay through at least the first couple of weeks of January, said Jeff Makowski, meteorologist at the weather service.

“The month of December has been very cold,” he said.

Six of the month’s 31 days record high temperatures below zero. In addition to the cold, Fargo recorded 16 inches of snow during December, weather service data shows.

The top 3 coldest average temperature years for December in Fargo were 1886, followed by 1983 and 2000. Those years, the average temperature was just a fraction of a degree below zero.