WeatherTalk: It seems like more, but we've only had 3 hot days so far

By today's date in 1988, Fargo had already had 16 days in the 90s.

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FARGO — It was hot last weekend. Most of North Dakota and western Minnesota had three days in the 90s or hotter. However, these have been the only 90-degree days so far this year. Today is likely to get pretty warm, and there will certainly be more hot days this summer, but up to now, there have only been three days to hit at least 90 degrees in Fargo and Grand Forks. By today's date in 1988, Fargo already had 16 days in the 90s and Grand Forks 15. Last year, Fargo already had eight days in the 90s and Grand Forks five.

The first round of hot weather always feels extreme, particularly in our part of the country where we usually only get a few days of truly hot weather each year. The climate average over the last three decades for 90-degree days is 11 per year in Fargo and nine per year in Grand Forks. The record for Fargo-Moorhead is 39 days set in 1988. For Grand Forks, it is 35 days set in 1936.

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John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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