The northern tier of the U.S. has seen its fair share of cold weather over the past two weeks. Temperatures have been averaging about six degrees colder than average for the past 14 days!
Despite some of the record heat seen in the Southeast, the extremely cold conditions prevailing across most of the Northern Hemisphere, by far outweigh what Florida has seen.
Bismarck, North Dakota is no exception, as they have been dealing with one of their coldest autumns on record, averaging about five degrees below average.
Maximum temperatures on September 30, reached 43 degrees, which was just ONE degree above the record low maximum of 42 set 136 years ago in 1882! And if that isn’t good enough for you, October 4 also saw a maximum of 40 degrees, which nearly tied 38 set 120 years ago, in 1898. The minimum temperature fell to 23, which was shy 6 degrees of the record low minimum of 17 degrees set back 30 years ago, in 1988. The next day, October 5 saw a maximum of 40 as well, which was just two degrees above the daily record of 38 set in 2005.
Yesterday, October 6 reached a maximum of 40 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. That fell four degrees short of the all time record low maximum temperature of 36 for the date set back in 1982.
Today’s temperatures were forecasted to climb to 38 degrees, however, it only got to 37, which tied with 1925 for the second lowest maximum temperature for October 7.
Data from NOAA shows that the all time COLDEST maximum temperature for this date was 31, which was set 72 years ago in 1946.
In fact, average October 7 temperatures in Bismarck have been declining since 1874. Daily maximum temperatures have SLIGHTLY risen since 1874, but minimum temperatures have declined by about three degrees over the past 144 years! On this date in 1920, it was a blistering 91 degrees! These temperatures do not tend to happen this late in the year anymore in Bismarck.
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