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John Wheeler, Published February 16 2014

Weather talk: Consistently cold temps nothing new in region

At some point during each calendar day since January 25, the temperature has dropped below zero. Only once during this stretch has the temperature reached 20 below. Three weeks going below zero every day is a long stretch of cold weather. The last similar stretch was a 20 day run in January and February 1996. But that cold snap features some of the coldest weather to have settled over Fargo Moorhead in the 20th Century. Thirteen of those 20 days got at least as cold as 20 below and four of those days got at least to 30 below. The coldest day in that run was Feb. 1, when the low was 39 below and the high was 28 below for a daily average of 34 below. There was also a 23 day run in January 1977 which featured three days of at least 30 below. This is another illustration of how this winter has been consistently cold without being remarkably cold.