A string of record lows for Fargo-Moorhead during the first few days of December stands out as rogue records. For Dec. 2-4, the record lows are in the -30s. It is difficult to conceive of three consecutive days with temperatures that cold so early in a winter, but the winter of 1886-87 remains, by far, the coldest winter in recorded history for our region. It began with a monster 21-inch snowstorm Nov. 22-23. Bitter cold followed.
The first three days of December brought highs in the -10s followed by lows of -30, -33 and -35 degrees, the coldest weather on record in our region for so early in a winter season.
A few weeks later, on Jan. 8, 1887, came the all-time record low for Fargo-Moorhead of -48 degrees.
Such extreme cold must have been terrible for early Fargo-Moorhead residents living in drafty wood-frame houses, but imagine living through such a winter out on the flat, windswept prairie in a sod house!