70-degree temperature swing hit the area 85 years ago(WDAY TV) - If you think our weather has been up and down a lot this spring, it's nothing like it was 85 years ago on this date. That year, we had a temperature swing of more than 70-degrees in less than 36 hours and set two records.
On the morning of May 3rd, 1926, the residents of Fargo Moorhead woke up to an extremely cold morning for May with a temperature of 18 degrees. The next day a big change in the weather as the temperature soared to 93.
On May 3rd, cold Canadian high pressure was over the Red River Valley. As that moved east, a strong south wind pumped in much warmer air. This combined with dry soil lead to the large temperature swing.
DARYL RITCHISON - Stormtracker Meteorologist: “Out to our west it was even more impressive. The warmer air surged in from the west Edgeley that day was another 10 degrees warmer. We got into the 90's many areas out west so temperatures the next day in the low 100's.”
This is the only spot in the record book for Fargo with a record low one day followed by a record high in the next in the same year. On May 5th, 1926, a record high of 94 was set, but that record was broken in 2-thousand when we hit 96-degrees.