Sub-zero temperatures end a 2-year stretch of highs above 0Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- With today's high of minus 4, we've ended one of the longest stretches, on record, without a sub-zero high.
By: Rob Kupec, WDAY , WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- With today's high of minus 4, we've ended one of the longest stretches, on record, without a sub-zero high.
Do you know how long it's been since our "high" was below zero?
On February 25th 2011 the high was -2 and that the last time we saw a sub zero high in Fargo. That's 697 days with highs all above 0. This is only the 9th time going back to 1881 that we went though an entire winter into another with out a sub zero high.
The longest stretch was from January 1991 to late December 1992. Fargo went 719 days without a sub zero high. The streak that ended today is at the bottom of the list in 9th.
Of the years with no sub zero highs 7 of the 9 occurred with in the last 30 years.
The climate is just slightly warmer than it used to be. We also have to remember as the city builds our urban heat island builds. A lot of those winters where we did not have a sub zero high, the high was 1 or 2 degrees.
The lack of snow is the common factor in all the years with out a subzero high and even today we might be looking at a high in the double digits below zero if we had more snow. The average number of sub-zero highs in Fargo, is 10.