SUBSCRIBE NOW AND SAVE 3 months just 99¢/month



WeatherTalk: December days in the 50s happen about once in seven years

Although it has happened two consecutive Decembers.

Weather Talk.jpg

It was 51 degrees in Fargo on the first day of December. This raised many questions as to how unusual this is. Well, to begin with, there were two days in the 50s in Fargo during December of 2020. It was 50 degrees on the 6th and 53 degrees on the 8th. Historically, it has been as warm as 50 degrees during 20 of the 141 Decembers since 1881. That works out to about once every seven years.

In this century, it has been to 50 degrees in December in 2006, 2011 and 2012. In many of the Decembers with 50 degree days, there have been more than one. The most was eight in 1939, including the December record high temperature of 65 degrees on Dec. 6. In Grand Forks, there have been just eight Decembers with at least one day at 50 degrees in 128 years of record keeping.

What to read next
Strong eruptions in the tropics have been known to cause cooling due to large amounts of sulphur dioxide being placed into the upper atmosphere.
A modest shift could easily leave our region with more air from the southwest and with much milder and drier weather.
It is very difficult to predict the wind's ability to lift old snow and make it airborne.
In February of 1895, one to two feet fell from Galveston to New Orleans along with blowing snow and temperatures in the teens.