John Wheeler: The cold of this winter has been unremarkable
The last truly extraordinary cold spell was in late January of 2004 when Fargo reached -36 degrees and Grand Forks got to -39 degrees.
FARGO — The coldest temperature recorded so far this winter season at the official sensor for Fargo at Hector Airport has been -25 degrees, and the coldest at the Grand Forks National Weather Service has been -24 degrees. Both of these occurred on the morning of Dec. 20. These are within a few degrees of the coldest temperatures recorded in each of the past several years.
Our region has not had any remarkably cold weather since 2019 when it was -33 degrees in Fargo and -34 degrees in Grand Forks. The last truly extraordinary cold spell was in late January of 2004 when Fargo reached -36 degrees and Grand Forks got to -39 degrees. The temperature sensors for Fargo and Grand Forks are typical of Red River Valley, flat terrain locations, and are not susceptible to localized cold air drainage that occasionally delivers temperatures in the -40s and -50s to narrower, deeper valleys in our region.