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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published March 07 2014

Weather Talk: First week of March 2000 brought fabulous weather

On this day in 2000, the high temperature was 49 degrees, but by midnight it had fallen to 21 with a heavy rain that turned to about 3 inches of snow.

It was a sloppy mess on the heels of what had been a week of fabulous March weather. The first seven days of March 2000 had all been above freezing. Six of those days were record highs that still stand today. Five of those days had been in the 60s. The warmest was 67 degrees on March 5.

The mild beginning to March in 2000 was made possible by a fairly mild winter and, in particular, a warm February in which all the snow had melted.

When the black soil of the Red River Valley is exposed to sunlight without being covered by crops, very mild temperatures can result because the fields are warmed by the sunlight.

Such a spell of weather is unlikely any time soon this spring until the snow melts away.

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