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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published March 21 2014

Weather Talk: Most years, March offers only sniff of spring weather

We can complain about cold and miserable March weather all we want, but it is a common occurrence here in the Northern Plains.

We are tired of the long winter and ready for spring, but most years, March weather only offers a sniff or two of spring weather.

The coldest March on record for Fargo-Moorhead was back in 1899. That March, the weather remained below freezing all day every day except two. On March 8, the temperature rose to 52 degrees and it was 34 two days later. The other 29 days were all below freezing. Fifteen of the 31 mornings in March were below zero and five of them were at least 10 below. The month had begun with just 5 inches of snow on the ground but it ended with more than a foot. Adding insult, there was one final subzero morning on April 2, 1899.

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