Forum staff reports, Published April 15 2014
Fargo, Grand Forks set record low temperaturesFARGO – Tuesday was a record cold day up and down the Red River Valley.
In Fargo, a daily record low temperature was set in the early morning hours when the mercury dipped to 12 degrees, the lowest for the date since the 15 degree temperature recorded on April 15, 1935, said Jim Kaiser, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks.
Grand Forks also broke a daily record low Tuesday morning, hitting 11 degrees, Kaiser said. The previous record of 12 degrees was set in 2000.
Devils Lake, N.D., also hit 14 degrees in the early morning, breaking a previous daily record of 16 degrees, Kaiser said.
A high-pressure system sitting above eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota overnight is to blame for the frigid temps, Kaiser said.
“With no clouds, we had no blanket to keep us warm,” he said.
Daily record lows were also recorded in Jamestown, N.D., and Thief River Falls, Minn., according to tweets by Daryl Ritchison, of the North Dakota State Climate Office.