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Weather Talk: Fewer days below zero so far, but not enough to break record

The average number of days with a low temperature below zero during the winter in Fargo is 50. So far this season, below-zero temperature readings have been rare. Officially we have recorded three days with below-zero temperatures.

The average number of days with a low temperature below zero during the winter in Fargo is 50. So far this season, below-zero temperature readings have been rare. Officially we have recorded three days with below-zero temperatures.

The first was back on December 9; then the other two occurred last Thursday and Friday, with the below-zero reading on Thursday occurring late in the day.

I have referenced the winter of 2006-2007 a few times recently, as that was the last winter that recorded a mild December and early January. That winter we also had very few below-zero readings through early January, just like this year, but in the end, 29 such days were recorded as the second half of that winter turned much colder.

So although it is likely this winter will have far fewer negative days than the average, at this point I do not think that the record for the fewest number of negative days in a winter is in jeopardy. That record is 14 set back in the winter of 1986-1987.

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