Where Monday's low temperature ranks compared to record lowsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With state wide school closings and wind chill warnings, you might think Monday's cold is out of the ordinary, unfortunately, it's not. History tells us it could be, and may become a bit worse.
By: Brian Abel, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With state wide school closings and wind chill warnings, you might think Monday's cold is out of the ordinary, unfortunately, it's not.
History tells us it could be, and may become a bit worse.
Megan Gette/Bearing the Cold: "I don't know this has got to be one of the coldest winter's I have ever experienced."
With wind chills this morning near negative 50 degrees in Fargo-Moorhead, it may seem that way, but we've seen worse; in February of 1996, the wind chill approached negative 60, and our low temperature of negative 24 Monday is still above the average winter low.
Daryl Ritchinson/WDAY6 Meteorologist: “If you take all the winters in the last 130 plus years and you just took the average of what the coldest of all those winters was. It's just minus 27."
This may feel like record breaking cold but it's not, the coldest January 6th on record in Fargo was 1887, where it hit negative 43 degrees, making today about the 9th coldest.
So what do the record books say about all-time lows?
It turns out negative 60 is the coldest recorded state temperature for both North Dakota and Minnesota, and ironically, they were recorded 60 years apart. At Parshall, North Dakota in 1936, and Tower, Minnesota in 1996.
Gette: "Well that's impressive."
With it being a bit more chilly than the North Pole and parts of Antarctica, it is clear the polar express has arrived, but hey, we're used to it right?
Gette: "Yeah, it doesn't make me, doesn't make me too happy but what can you do."
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, today's high was 82 degrees, in Key West Florida.