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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published January 15 2014

Weather Talk: Several winters harsher than current tough one

Dec. 1 through Jan. 14 comprises the first half of climatological winter. The average temperature during that stretch of 45 days was 4.0 degrees in Fargo-Moorhead. That ranked as the 17th-coldest such period on record.

Our recently completed cold December was frequently compared to an even colder December in 2000. But the first two weeks of January 2001 were quite mild, meaning the first half of our current winter was even colder than the same period during the winter of 2000-01.

One recent winter that to this point was colder was in 2008-09. December 2008 through the first two weeks of January 2009 averaged 3.4 degrees, noticeably cooler than our current winter. That winter also recorded much more snow with a record-breaking 33.5 inches measured in December 2008.

It has been a tough winter, and another long stretch of cold may be coming in another 10 to 14 days, but at least to this point there are still several years that were even harsher.

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