October was a colder than average month. It snowed several times and it appeared winter had started early. Then our weather turned mild in early November and it has remained warmer that way, more or less, since then. In Fargo, the average daily mean temperature for the combined months of November and December is the tenth-warmest on record since 1881.
In Grand Forks, this is the eleventh warmest November-December period since 1893. For Grand Forks, seven of the warmest twelve November-December periods have been since 2000. For Fargo, six of the warmest ten have been since 2000. Obviously, our region is still prone to having very cold winters. The last two winters were undeniably snowy and cold. However, these long-term warm periods in winter are becoming much more common than in the past.