WeatherTalk: Comparing Fargo's coldest day around the region

Other locations were cold, but none as cold as Fargo Moorhead.

Cartoon of John Wheeler with a speech bubble depicting weather events
We are part of The Trust Project.

The coldest temperature on record for Fargo-Moorhead is -48 degrees, set Jan. 8, 1887. This was a part of a four-day stretch of amazingly cold temperatures from Jan. 6-9. Highs were in the -20s and lows ranged from -38 to -48 degrees. Interestingly, the data for Jan. 1-5, 1887, is missing from the record. At Bismarck, which has a weather record old enough to compare, the coldest temperature from Jan. 5-9 was -42 degrees, but there was a colder record of -44 on Jan. 2.

Other weather stations around with a record from that week include a temperature of -34 amid a stretch of six nights at least as cold as the -20s in Minneapolis. In Rochester, it was a cold as -29 degrees. Winnipeg's coldest during this period was -42 degrees. Duluth was not quite as cold for this period with a minimum temperature of -24 degrees. Many other reporting stations simply do not have records old enough to compare.

Related Topics: WEATHER
John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
What To Read Next
This calendar was designed so that every day each year would fall on the same weekday.
StormTRACKER Meteorologist John Wheeler discusses a somewhat warmer winter weather pattern.
Nature's beauty from a weather perspective
Weather Wednesday