On January 2 the low temperature in Fargo Moorhead dropped to -33°. This week temperatures have been close to 30° which is over 60° warmer than that cold morning two weeks ago. Back in February 1996 we experienced an even greater short-term swing in temperatures. Nearly everyone living in this area then remembers the -39° recorded on February 1, 1996. It was the coldest temperature recorded locally since the 1910s and we almost accomplished something not experienced since the 1880s, a temperature of -40°.
But what many forget is that on February 10, 1996 the high reached 41 degrees. In fact, that was our 5th straight day with temperatures above freezing and a swing of 80 degrees in just 10 days. Great transitions like that are taken in stride in this area, but many locations around the world would not experience such a swing in an entire year, let alone in less than two weeks.