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Is This The Worst Winter Ever?

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  March, the month of Spring rolls in this weekend, but we're still trudging through brutal cold.

Mark Ewens, National Weather Service: "No, this is not the worst winter ever in the Northern Plains."

Reporter: "Not even close?"

Ewens: "Not really. It comes down to a matter of perspective."

  However, if you think it's been colder than average you're right. We're running eight and a half degrees below the average temperature this winter.  It's just that… we're not setting any records.

Mark Ewens: "This is what would be the polar vortex…"

    In fact, according to the Weather Service this is only the 10 coldest winter on record in Grand Forks and 19th coldest on record in Fargo.

  The winter of 1978-79 was much colder in both cities.  It's just that most of us have poor memories when it comes to the weather.

Mark Ewens: "My one son, who's 20 one day says, gee Dad, this is the coldest winter I've ever experienced. Well, he was right. It is the coldest winter "he's" experienced."

  And even though Spring is finally within sight, we unfortunately, have a lot of cold weather left to trudge through according to the National Weather Service.

Mark Ewens: "The Climate Prediction Center suggest we're going to continue in a below normal temperature trend, probably right on through into April for sure. It looks like the bulk of March is going to be cold."

  And since there are actually quite a few days of winter left, we could actually run a bit higher in the overall cold weather records. But, it's still not likely to be our worst winter.

COMPLETE LIST OF COLD WEATHER RANKINGS:

Minimum 86-Day Mean Average Temperature for GRAND FORKS UND/NWS

Rank Value Ending Date Missing Days

1              -4.6        1936-02-24          1

2              -3.5        1917-02-24          2

3              -1.4        1979-02-24          0

4              -0.9        1950-02-24          3

5              -0.8        1883-02-24         65

6              0.9          1978-02-24          1

7              1.0          1907-02-24          1

8              1.5          1937-02-24          0

9              1.7          1920-02-24          1

10           2.1         2014-02-24         2

11           2.4          1965-02-24          0

12           2.4          1959-02-24          0

13           2.7          1911-02-24          2

14           3.1          1894-02-24          2

15           3.4          1943-02-24          0

16           3.4          1916-02-24          2

17           3.6          1969-02-24          0

18           3.9          2009-02-24          0

19           3.9          1948-02-24          1

20           3.9          1956-02-24          0

20           4.1          1971-02-24          0

Period of record: 1893-01-01 to 2014-02-24

 

Minimum 86-Day Mean Average Temperature for Fargo , ND (ThreadEx)

Rank Value Ending Date Missing Days

1              -4.8        1887-02-24          5

2              -1.4        1883-02-24          0

3              -1.2        1936-02-24          0

4              -0.3        1884-02-24          0

5              0.0          1979-02-24          0

6              0.5          1888-02-24          0

7             0.9          1893-02-24          0

8              1.0          1917-02-24          0

9              1.7          1885-02-24          0

10           2.4          1965-02-24          0

11           2.7          1982-02-24          0

12           2.8          1978-02-24          0

13           2.9          1950-02-24          2

14           2.9          1894-02-24          0

15           3.3          1918-02-24          0

16           3.7          1904-02-24          0

17           3.7          1904-02-24          0

18           4.2         1937-02-24          0

19           4.7          2014-02-24          1

20           5.2          1886-02-24          0

Period of record: 1881-01-01 to 2014-02-24

 

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