And The Coldest Is…

Last winter the coldest temperature of the season was a -17 degree low on January 19.  Not only was that the coldest night of the 2011-12 cold season, it was also the last time Fargo Moorhead recorded a low in the double digits below zero for the rest of that winter.  Although that -17 degree lowest temperature was not the warmest coldest night of a winter, that distinction goes to the winter of 2001-2002 when the coldest night was just -11 degrees, it did rank as tied for 7th in that category.

Since records started in 1881, the average lowest temperature of a winter locally is -28 degrees.  Besides last year, recent cold seasons have been very near that average.  The winter of 2010-11 the lowest temperature was -27 degrees, in 2009-10 it was -33 degrees, in 2008-09 it was -30 degrees and in 2007-08 it was -31 degrees.

Therefore we may not want to admit it, but the bitterly cold air that is moving into the area is quite normal for our climate.

3 Responses

  1. Kyle Hafliger

    I remenber the mild winter of 2001-02. But the coldest lows came in March. We actually had a reading of -11 in Fargo on March 3, 2002 for the coldest temperature of the winter.

  2. Mark Peihl

    I recently picked up one of your Storm Tracker calendars – great product! I love the pix and the daily high and low records. I noticed on Jan 20 and Feb 25 the difference between the daily high and low was a whopping 96 degrees. I wonder if there are any other US recording stations with such a spread for a single day high/low. Or if there is a recording station with a bigger all time record high/low spread than FM (-48 Jan 8 1887 and 114 July 6 1936)? I know stations move around but is there a way to check? Thanks!

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