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Published April 01, 2011, 06:47 AM

UPDATED: Fargo crowned ‘America’s Toughest Weather City’

FARGO – It’s official, at least in the eyes of online voters: Fargo is “America’s Toughest Weather City.”

FARGO – It’s official, at least in the eyes of online voters: Fargo is “America’s Toughest Weather City.”

The Weather Channel announced this morning that Fargo beat Bradford, Pa., to win the 64-city tournament.

Fargo survived a late surge by Bradford supporters to win the crown, receiving about 54 percent of the more than 55,000 votes cast, Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman said just before 7 a.m.

"The combination of the city's infamous blizzards, extreme cold and spring floods proved too much for Bradford, Pa. in the final," The Weather Channel stated on its website.

Fargo garnered 29,837 votes to win the title, while Bradford received 25,575 votes, for a total of 55,412 votes.

Fargo steamrolled through Grand Rapids, Mich., Marquette, Mich., International Falls, Minn., Minneapolis-St. Paul and Juneau, Alaska, to reach the championship of the tournament, a spin on NCAA March Madness.

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