Today is the 50th consecutive day of subfreezing weather in Fargo Moorhead. The last time it was warmer than 32 degrees was Jan. 7. This streak is now in 20th place among the longest stretches of continuously freezing days since records began in 1881.

Because there is not time in a single winter for multiple long stretches of freezing weather, one can assume there can be only one chance at such a streak each winter. That makes this particular streak an annual challenge. This is the 139th winter on record, so at 20th place, our streak is presently a one-in-seven occurrence.

However, the forecast remains cold for now, so the streak will certainly move up the list. Tomorrow, this will become the longest stretch below freezing since 2009. One week from tomorrow, our streak moves into a tie for 10th place, which would make it a one-in-14 occurrence. The record of 86 days set in 1964-65 is likely safe because it would need to remain freezing through April 4, which is very unlikely.

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