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WeatherTalk: 100-degree temps are about as uncommon as 30-below temps

However, 30-below temps happen less than they used to.

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FARGO — Over the last 50 years, the frequency of 100-degree summer temperatures has been about the same as the frequency of -30-degree winter temperatures. Since 1972, it has hit 100 degrees in 14 of those 50 years for a total of 29 times. During the cold seasons since 1972, it has hit -30 degrees in 17 years for a total of 31 times. In rough terms, temperatures of 100 degrees or hotter or of -30 degrees or colder have happened in about one-third of the years, for an average of around two occurrences in years in which it happens at all.

Over the entire period of record, the statistics for 100-degree temperatures are roughly the same. However, the frequency of -30-degree temps increases to roughly one-half of the years with an average of around three occurrences each year. Basically, 100 degrees and -30 degrees are somewhat uncommon, but not exactly rare, and -30 temperatures happen less frequently than in the past.

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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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