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Weather Talk: Snowfall and the 2012 heat wave

The ongoing warm spell is pleasant, but it does not begin to rival the record rogue March "heat wave" of 2012. Following the warmest winter on record, March 2012 began with 9 inches of snow on the ground, courtesy of a few late February snowfalls...

The ongoing warm spell is pleasant, but it does not begin to rival the record rogue March “heat wave” of 2012. 

Following the warmest winter on record, March 2012 began with 9 inches of snow on the ground, courtesy of a few late February snowfalls. 

Despite the snow, the temperature on March 10 hit 50 degrees. On March 13, the snow was gone, and we had our first day in the 60s.

March 16 was the first of four consecutive days in the upper 70s. This included an incredible 60-degree overnight low March 18, which is 12 degrees warmer than any other March low temperature on record. 

There would be two more 70-degree days in March 2012, and the month finished 13.8 degrees above average per day. Although less extreme than March, the remainder of spring and summer was warmer than average. Fargo Moorhead hit 100 degrees on July 20, and it has not been that warm since.  

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