Exposed Heat

Genuinely “spring-like” days usually do not happen until the snow is mostly melted off the fields because that is when the black topsoil in much of the region can absorb large amounts of sunlight and convectively heat the air which has been the case in some parts of the area this week. The highest temperature on record in Fargo Moorhead in February was 66 degrees on the February 25, 1958.  The highest in March was 80 degrees on March 23, 1910.  The highest April temperature was 100 degrees on April 21, 1980.  Each of these occurred during dry springs that followed winters with very little snow cover.

Daryl Ritchison