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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published May 16 2014

Weather Talk: This week’s temperatures complete opposite of 2013

This week when it was freezing in the morning and afternoon temperatures were in the 40s and 50s, I was reminded that one year ago this same week, the high temperatures were in the 80s and 90s.

May 13, 2013, the high temperature in Fargo-Moorhead was 93 degrees. The next two days were 87 and 85 degrees. This week, those same days had high temperatures of 53, 46 and 54.

One year separated a temperature difference of 40 degrees. With the average high over these three days in the upper 60s, you can see that it was about as far below average this year as it was above average last year.

How can this happen? It has been said that in the Great Plains, there is nothing to stop the wind other than a few barbed wire fences. So the wind can blow in weather from Mexico as easily as from the North Pole. And sometimes it does both.


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