Yesterday's date of March 23 is an interesting day in the Fargo-Moorhead weather record book. With records dating to 1881, there are two instances where this particular date stands out.
In 1910, it was 80 degrees. This remains the only 80-degree day in March in the history of Fargo-Moorhead. The spring of 1910 was extraordinarily warm and dry and with the drought lasting well into summer, it was a year of many crop failures.
From the opposite end of things, March 23 of 1974 remains the latest day in the year on record with a subzero high temperature.
The year — 1974 — was one of those years in which spring seemed to never show. Following a week of cold days and a fresh 2-inch snowfall on March 22, March 23 delivered a low of 11 degrees below zero and a high of one below. These are two extreme illustrations of how variable our weather can be in March.