On July 4, 1989, the high temperature in Fargo Moorhead was 97 degrees. It was a new record high for the day, besting the previous record of 95 degrees from 1948. To many, it was just another hot day in a series of hot summers during the drought in the late 1980s. Little did anyone know at the time that it would be the last 90 degree reading on the 4th of July until 2011, a span of over 20 years, when highs in the 60s and 70s were common. That 90° + high in 2011 was then the first of 3 hot Independence days in a row with July 4 2012 and 2013 also getting into the 90s. The past two years the highs have in most areas been in the 80s meaning that after a series of cool Independence days, the past several years have been warm and today fits the recent pattern well.