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Monday's high temperature ties 118-year-old record

Bruce Larson, left, and Kevin McMaster, both of Fargo, golf Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at the Leonard (N.D.) Country Club. The region saw temperatures in the 50s. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor1 / 2
Kevin McMaster of Fargo golfs Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at the Leonard (N.D.) Country Club. The region saw temperatures in the 50s. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor2 / 2

FARGO — The temperature on Monday, Nov. 27, reached a high we haven't seen here since 1899.

The National Weather Service said the thermometer registered 54 degrees Monday to tie the daily record high that was set in Fargo 118 years ago.

"It's always fun to see a record from the 1800s," said Carl Jones, a weather service meteorologist in Grand Forks.

The year 1899 marked the closing of the last great gold rush in Canada's Yukon region and the beginning of the Philippine-American War. Al Capone and Ernest Hemingway were just born. And a loaf of bread cost a nickel, at least according to Google.

Yes, life was much different than compared to now when we can see how warm it is here or in Havana or Houston with a few taps of our smartphones.

Jones said Monday's high was well above average for this time of year, when highs are typically in the low 30s and lows in the mid-teens. The rest of the week won't be as warm, however.

Tuesday and Wednesday, it will be sunny and highs will rise into the mid-40s, with a chance of rain and snow Wednesday evening. Highs will be right around 40 degrees Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with lows in the mid-20s.

The cause for Monday's high is the return of some warmth ahead of a cold front headed to the region. Jones said the lack of snow coverage also helped in tying the record.

But he added that, "Sometimes it's just luck. Records can be broken anytime."

Kim Hyatt

Kim Hyatt is a reporter with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. She started her newspaper career at the Owatonna People’s Press covering arts and education. In 2016, she received Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award and later that year she joined The Forum newsroom.

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