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Weather Talk: November 1986 a blustery start to a warm winter season

Today in 1986, the high temperature in Fargo-Moorhead was 5 degrees. With a strong north wind blowing all day, the wind chill factor remained well below zero. Snow blew horizontally along the ground, creating poor visibility throughout the day.

Today in 1986, the high temperature in Fargo-Moorhead was 5 degrees. With a strong north wind blowing all day, the wind chill factor remained well below zero. Snow blew horizontally along the ground, creating poor visibility throughout the day.

Five days before, on Nov. 8, a blizzard had formed suddenly, dropping temperatures from 48 degrees to 15, with winds gusting to 50 mph. Just 4 inches of snow fell during the blizzard, but it was more than enough to produce whiteout conditions during the Bison football game against Nebraska-Omaha out at old Dakota Field.

For five days after the blizzard, it was no warmer than 15 degrees, an unusually cold spell of weather for so early in the season.

However, by Thanksgiving 1986, all the snow had melted and the core of the winter season, from December through February, remains the warmest in Fargo-Moorhead history.

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