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.