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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published March 17 2014

Weather Talk: No matter the ranking, winter still memorably cold

The National Climatic Data Center released its analysis of the winter of 2013-14 last week. The center ranked the period from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28 as the 25th-coldest on record for North Dakota. You may recall locally it was the 16th-coldest on record, but western North Dakota was not as cold, making the average for the entire state lower in the cold rankings.

Minnesota, on the other hand, recorded a more evenly spread cold winter throughout that state. Taken as a whole, the NCDC ranked this past winter as the sixth-coldest on record in Minnesota.

The past 119 winters are used in these rankings. Nationally, the NCDC ranked the past winter as the 34th-coldest on record. Using other data sets and analysis puts that ranking closer to the top 10 but, no matter what the ranking, most Americans east of the Rocky Mountains experienced a winter that will not soon be forgotten.

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