Weather Talk: Coldest temperature this winter is not that cold
The coldest temperature officially measured for Fargo-Moorhead this winter so far is 24 below zero. Although this is the coldest since the winter of 2013-14, it is above our long-term average for coldest temperatures in a winter season.
The average coldest temperature in winter going back to the beginning of the record period in 1881 is minus 29. If the exceptionally cold 1880s and 1890s are excluded, the average winter minimum is minus 27.
Recent winters have been less extreme. The seven-year average through this winter is just 22 below zero. However, the five years before that delivered an average winter minimum of 30 below zero, including minus 33 in January of 2010, which was the most recent reading in the 30s below zero.
The mildest winter minimum is minus 10 set in the winter of 2001-02. The coldest winter minimum of the present millennium is minus 36 in 2003-4. The coldest of the 20th century is 39 below zero in 1995-96. The coldest temperature on record is 48 below zero in 1886-87.