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Published March 01, 2012, 06:58 PM

Winter setting up to be warmest on record

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Spring is 19 days away according to the calendar. With the record high temperatures, it already feels like spring is here.

Spring is 19 days away according to the calendar. With the record high temperatures, it already feels like spring is here.

This winter has actually been the warmest winter since 1881 when record keeping first began in Fargo. The average temperature this winter is about 22 degrees - nine and a half degrees higher than the average of thirty years, which is about 12 degrees.

That's because the arctic air was pushed farther north than normal by systems in the Atlantic Ocean. There's also a certain degree of randomness involved, including more sunny days.

Adnan Akyuz – NDSU State Climatologist: "This year we get less invasion of arctic air and that's one of the reasons why we've had such a warm winter."

The past two years, we've seen a La Nina weather pattern-where the water near the equator is colder than normal, leading to severe weather. That pattern is not expected to be as strong this year.

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