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Published October 17, 2011, 07:15 PM

Mid October signals big change in area temperatures

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We have been enjoying one of the warmest first halves of October on record, but now the coldest air of the fall is moving in, and our averages take a nose dive.

We have been enjoying one of the warmest first halves of October on record, but now the coldest air of the fall is moving in, and our averages take a nose dive. Here at Lindenwood Park the first signs for the Holiday Lights are already up, and right next store a fair number of campers can be found and we wanted to see how they were handling this turn toward cold weather.

That's just about average, but in 3 weeks that average low will be 24. Averages highs drop even faster, about 5 degrees a week starting now. From our average of 56 today we'll be down to 36 for an average high in just 4 weeks. Hardy camper Gary Wieck has endured much colder than that.

Gary Wieck – Camping at Lindenwood: “17 below up in the Rockies with a bigger unit and a better heating system then this one has.”

101 years ago today anyone out side would have been sweltering in our 90º record high. But this is the latest recorded 90 and tomorrow record high is only 79. Our last 80 record high is next week and our first record high in the 60's will come November 9th, with record highs into the 50's before Thanksgiving. So why at this point do our records and averages fall off a cliff?

Daryl Ritchison – StormTRACKER Meteorologist: “One of the factors involves that Canada, not the southern part but central and northern Canada will start getting a snowpack. So each cold front has just a little bit more punch to it.”

Our average first snow is in just two week from today on Halloween. Now a little hope here, long range it looks like mainly average to above average temperatures until mid November, but then all bets are off.

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