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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published March 24 2014

Weather Talk: Trend toward cooler springs seen over past three decades

That the cold weather is getting old is inarguable. However, we had it a lot worse last year. Through this date a year ago, the area had seen just two days above freezing – it was 33 on March 8 and 35 on March 14.

Average snow depth one year ago today was 17 inches. We would not see the snow completely melt away until April 25.

It is interesting to note that despite an overall slight warming trend in our region, the Fargo-Moorhead area has experienced a trend toward colder spring seasons over the past three decades. The notable exception, of course, was two years ago when spring weather came extremely early.

It is also important to note that these short-term trends come and go. Perhaps the trend of cooler springs will continue for a few more years, or maybe it will reverse next year. Weather is fickle and weather trends are often temporary.


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