December 2013 finished as the 11th coldest on record. January 2014 finished as the 59th coldest on record. Combined, December and January were the 27th coldest such period since records started in 1881 (Grand Forks recorded 20th coldest). The average temperature the last two months was 4.3 degrees which is 7.4 degrees below normal. The most recent such period colder than what we recorded this year was back in 2008.
One of the more impressive statistics from that period was the number of below zero days observed. There were 43 such days in the past two months that tied the winter of 2008-2009 for the most this century. That was also the 8th highest total for those two months combined on record. Total snowfall for the 62 days in December and January was 25.8 inches, slightly above average, but because we recorded only 0.3 inches in November and a trace in October, for the season, Fargo Moorhead is running several inches below normal, at least for now.