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Weather Talk: 20 below is unlikely for rest of winter

The Fargo record low for today’s date, Feb. 24, is 28 below zero set in 1889. There is a record of a spectacular 32 below set March 15, 1897. However, these late-winter 20-below and 30-below temperatures have become quite rare this late in the winter in recent decades.

The last time it was minus 30 this late in a winter was Feb. 25, 1950. In fact, it has been some time since there has been a temperature as low as minus 20 this late in a winter.

The last time was 21 below on Feb. 27, 2001. The most recent 20-below day in March was March 5, 1997, when the snow was at a record average depth of 32 inches.

The coldest temperature recorded in Fargo-Moorhead so far this winter was 24 below zero back on the morning of New Year’s Eve.

Although that is a cold temperature, it is not particularly cold for it to be the coldest of a winter season. Cold weather has been persistent the past few weeks, but not spectacular.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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