This writer's first winter in the Fargo-Moorhead area was 33 years ago. My introduction to the Red River Valley winter phenomenon was a startling one, even though I was young, eager and willing to experience weather extremes.

On this date in 1985, our region was digging out from the third major snowstorm in seven days. Snow was 16 inches deep with drifts several feet high and more snow heading our way. We had already weathered seven subzero temperature mornings and the temperature would remain below zero continuously day and night for the next seven days. On this night as well as the following four nights, the temperature was at least 20 below. Thanksgiving Day in 1985 landed on Nov. 28. The high temperature was four below. The low was 24 below. There was only an inch of new snow.

The pattern changed in December and by mid-January, most of that November snow had melted. But my first impression of winter here was certainly a strong one.

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