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Weather Talk: 70-degree days are rare in March

Seventy-degree weather during March has historically been rare in Fargo-Moorhead.

There have been only 25 March days with a temperature of 70 degrees or warmer since 1881, and those have been concentrated in a small number of years, and have always occurred during the second half of March.

From 1881 through 1909, it never happened. There were four days above 70 in March 1910 and, incredibly, one day that reached 80. March 23, 1910, remains the only 80-degree day in March on record.

Other years with a 70-degree March day include 1918, 1925, 1945, 1946, 1963, 1986, 2003, 2012, 2015 and 2016. The greatest number of 70-degree March days was in 2012 when there were six.

The earliest 70-degree day on record in any year was March 16, 2012. The latest first 70-degree day on record was May 28, 1907.

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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