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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published January 25 2014

Weather Talk: Experiencing range of temps over years brings perspective

When I was a kid growing up in southern Minnesota, temperatures in the minus 10s impressed me. In December of 1983, when I was home for Christmas while attending college, the temperature dropped to minus 30 on our home thermometer. From that point forward, temperatures in the minus 10s never impressed me again.

Then in late January and early February of 1996, this region was in the grips of the coldest weather in 60 years. Although Fargo dropped to minus 39 degrees during that cold snap, in Sioux Falls, where I was living at the time, the temperature dropped to minus 33 degrees. Ever since then, the minus 30s no longer seemed extraordinary.

When I was young, my father would tell me that it was much colder when he was a kid, and would rarely think the weather was special. Now that I have experienced most of what my father did (except a 1936-type year), I can relate to his weather wisdom, although, I still ponder how he walked uphill to school both ways.


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