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Weather Talk: Rare June heat wave this week in 1995

This week in 1995, our region was experiencing a rare early summer heat wave. For eight days, from June 14-21, the high temperature in Fargo-Moorhead reached at least 90 degrees.

This included six consecutive days and nights in which the temperature never went lower than 70 degrees even at night. The hottest day during the stretch was June 17 when it reached 100 degrees.

Temperatures of 100 degrees or warmer are extremely rare in the Fargo area during June. With records going back to 1881, days in the 100s during June have only happened 10 times, four of them in 1933.

Long stretches of 90 degree days in June are also rare, as are long stretches of nights above 70 degrees. Hot, humid weather is much more common in July and August.

There is an average of about 13 days in the 90s a year, mostly during July and August. Temperatures in the 100s are rare, but also most common in July and August.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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