Ground Hog Day: More winter, or is spring on the way

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By Reed Anfinson
Publisher
Swift County Monitor-News

We are not creeping out of the coldest days of winter, at least if you go by our annual average temperatures. And, in a few days, the furry prognosticator of the length of the winter days ahead will be giving his forecast. Ground Hog Day is Sunday.

Between Jan. 8 and Jan. 20 our highs average 19 degrees and our lows zero. These days represent the coldest average high temperature and coldest average low temperature we see in western Minnesota. We missed those averages this year – we were considerably colder.

The average high between Jan. 8 and Jan. 20 was 14.6 degrees and the average low a minus 5.3 degrees. Ten of the 14 days saw lows below zero including four days with double-digit sub-zero temperatures. The winter’s low of minus 20 was recorded Jan. 16 when we also saw our first below zero high of the winter – it only hit a minus 4 degrees that day...

 

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