The weekend brought some high heat to western North Dakota, but if you were in the southern Red River Valley, not so much. My backyard for example only reached 90.5° on both Saturday and Sunday (NDAWN Fargo was 93°), whereas, western North Dakota was 100° or higher, with Williston reaching 108°. These were the highest temperatures in North Dakota since 2007. Many have asked me why was it so much cooler in Fargo. First reason is the air mass over Fargo into west central Minnesota was just simply much cooler than to our north of west. The second reason, the smoke was thick enough to lower the temperature by a few degrees as well.