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Published January 16, 2012, 10:11 PM

Fargo marks warmest first half of winter on record

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With all of the record breaking temperatures we have seen, we have broken yet another one. This year we have had the warmest first half of winter on record ever.

With all of the record breaking temperatures we have seen, we have broken yet another one. This year we have had the warmest first half of winter on record ever.

The last time we have seen the warmest first half of winter was in 2006, and the one before that dates all the way back to 1986. In 2006 the first half of winter was warmer by just a fraction of a degree, but this year far surpasses that.

Daryl Ritchison – StormTRACKER Meteorologist: “It was the warmest first half of winter by three degrees, and three degrees over a stretch of approximately 45 days is quite remarkable.”

The second half of winter in 2007 was anything but warm. The second half turned on us. We were hit with more average colder temperatures and winter storms. Some may think it was payback for all of the nice weather in the months before. Looking into the future for the rest of this year’s winter there is good news.

Daryl Ritchison: “This year I have a feeling we will not be as warm as the first half, the second half, but I don't think the second half will be nearly as cold as say what we have even experienced the past few winters.”

Although the weather is forever changing, Ritchison says we live in a land of extremes and we should all expect the unexpected when it comes to weather.

The first half of winter starts December first and ends January 15th.

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