Winter 2018-2019

Yesterday in this space I mentioned that last month was ranked as the 2nd coldest February since 1891 in North Dakota taken as a whole.  Although February was extremely cold, the winter taken as a whole was not.  The National Center for Environmental Information ranked the winter of 2018-19 as the 52nd coldest on record in North Dakota.  In Fargo this past winter was the 62nd coldest on record and in Bismarck the 64th coldest as two specific examples.  In other words, the past winter was historically pretty average for temperatures.  Of course had it not been for the very cold month of February, this past winter would have finished as a mild one.