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You cover tomaytoes, I cover tomahtoes. Whatever you cover, it may be too late because temperatures are expected to hit the freezing mark early this morning, if just barely. A high pressure system was expected to take over the region late Monday,...

Hot chocolate
Michael Bonewell, a junior ar UND, tries to keep warm Monday as he mans a "I'll Listen" station on campus. Formed by a coalition of Christian organizations and using hot chocolate as an enticement the purpose was to get students to stop and talk about their troubles. Herald photo by John Stennes.

You cover tomaytoes, I cover tomahtoes.

Whatever you cover, it may be too late because temperatures are expected to hit the freezing mark early this morning, if just barely.

A high pressure system was expected to take over the region late Monday, and winds were expected to die down. Combined with clear skies, that invited temperatures to fall to as low as 31 in Langdon, N.D., 32 in Grand Forks and 34 in Fargo, said John Hoppes, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

But the rest of the week should be warmer, with highs in the mid-50s to 60, and lows in the high 30s and low 40s, Hoppes said.

The month of September still will end up being the warmest on record in Grand Forks, breaking the record set in 1906 of an average daily temperature of 62.9 degrees, Hoppes said. Records at the UND reporting site go back to 1885.

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Already through Sunday, the average temperature this month in Grand Forks is 65.9 degrees.

The record high average daily temperature for September at the Grand Forks airport is 62.6 degrees, set in 1948, and that's likely to be broken, too, Hoppes said. Records at the airport go back to 1941.

"The forecasts call for about average temperatures all week," he said Monday.

The low this morning should not be enough to kill crops.

Tomatoes, who knows?

Reach Lee at (701) 780-1237; (800) 477-6572, ext. 237; or send e-mail to slee@gfherald.com .

Dock removal
East Grand Forks Public Works employees take the boat dock out of the river in Lafave Park on Monday afternoon. The boat ramp had to be disassembled into nine sections before being taken out of the water. Herald photo by Sarah Kolberg.

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