Fargo Moorhead averages 48 days per winter with a low temperature below zero. So far we have recorded 46 such days this season with nearly two more months of below zero potential ahead of us. Last year, a relatively cold winter, we recorded 51 days with a low below zero, so we are far ahead of the pace set last year.
The most below zero days in the record books occurred during the winter of 1883-1884 when 91 such days occurred. Although we will not be able to break that record, we certainly have the potential to come close to the 67 below zero days we recorded back in the winter of 1996-1997. Another sign of how cold this winter has been is that on 14 of the 48 days with lows below zero, our high also remained in negative territory. We average just 10 days per winter with a below zero high.