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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published February 18 2014

Weather Talk: For ND on statewide level, January was 65th-coldest

The National Climatic Data Center released its statistical analysis for the month of January late last week. North Dakota as a whole recorded the 65th-coldest January on record. Although Fargo was nearly 5 degrees below average last month, it was just the 59th-coldest January on record.

Western North Dakota actually finished the month of January with above-average temperatures, keeping last month close to normal on a statewide level.

Minnesota, on the other hand, recorded below-average temperatures statewide. The NCDC ranked January as the 24th coldest on record for Minnesota.

Nationally, with the exception of a few New England states, all states east of the Mississippi finished in the top 30 coldest on record. On the opposite extreme, most states west of the Great Plains finished in the top 30 warmest on record. Therefore, just a few states in the center of the country and New England finished the month of January near average.

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