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Published July 17, 2012, 12:24 AM

Red River Valley basks in its warmest calendar year on record

The city of Fargo is in the midst of its warmest calendar year on record, the National Weather Service reported Monday. Grand Forks is posting its second-warmest average daily temperature on record of 43.9 degrees by Sunday.

By: Ryan Johnson, Forum Communications

FARGO — The city of Fargo is in the midst of its warmest calendar year on record, the National Weather Service reported Monday.

And the warm weather has extended north, with Grand Forks posting its second-warmest average daily temperature on record of 43.9 degrees by Sunday.

Mark Ewens, a climate forecaster with the weather service in Grand Forks, said the entire Red River Valley has seen temperatures 2 to 4 degrees above normal for the past month. Since Jan. 1, the region has averaged 6 to 8 degrees above normal.

While that may not sound like much, Ewens said that’s a “pretty significant” difference because it shows temperatures have been well above normal all year.

Ewens said the current outlook calls for above-normal temperatures in August and a continuation of the dry weather that has put much of eastern North Dakota and parts of northwest Minnesota into a severe drought.

But an El Nino system that could develop late this summer or early fall could bring some relief, because the phenomenon often leads to cooler, wetter weather for the Red River Valley.

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