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Published April 04, 2012, 06:51 PM

March goes down as warmest on record in Fargo

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - March is in the book as the warmest one on record in Fargo. Trees are budding out nearly a month ahead of average.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

March is in the book as the warmest one on record in Fargo. Trees are budding out nearly a month ahead of average.

We found one raised bed in Moorhead where daffodils, tulips and hyacinths are blooming. Naturally as skeptical Midwesterners we are waiting to see if the cold will return.

Daryl Ritchison – WDAY StormTRACKER Meteorologist: “I just wouldn't be surprised if we go through a cooler phase, later this month, then May, I would not be surprised if it finished a little bit below average, and so overall, the spring will finished above average, just naturally march was incredibly warm.”

Even if our weather turns a little cooler, we are so much better off than we were 15 years ago this week. Just before an expected record setting crest on the Red River in Fargo, the area was hit with a major winter storm.

Rain turned into an ice storm, which by the sixth April was a full blown blizzard. Hundreds of power poles were taken down by the storm and thousands were left in the dark for days.

The freezing temperatures that followed the storm slowed the progress of the flood and may have spared Fargo from the type of flood that hit Grand Forks later in the month.

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