Eastern ND and Northwest MN Weather History

The Weather History for the Month of October

10/1
Grand Forks record high temperature of 92 set in 1992, record low of 23 set in 2003, record precipitation of 0.60 set in 1983. For Fargo, record high of 90 set in 1992, record low of 10 set in 1886, record precipitation of 1.04 inches set in 1907 and a trace of snow in 1996.
10/2
Grand Forks record high temperature of 83 set in 1997, record low of 19 set in 1999, record precipitation of 0.62 set in 1971. For Fargo, record high of 90 set in 1987, record low of 18 set in 1883, record precipitation of 0.80 inches set in 1941 and a 1.0 inches of snow in 1950.
10/3/1922
93 degrees in Fargo set the all time monthly high temperature.
10/4
Grand Forks record high temperature of 85 set in 1960, record low of 21 set in 1988, record precipitation of 0.30 set in 1974. For Fargo, record high of 87 set in 1975, record low of 22 set in 2004, record precipitation of 1.84 inches set in 1913 and a 0.6 inches of snow in 1903.
10/5/2005
Devils lake blizzard. Earliest blizzard ever in area.
10/6
Grand Forks record high temperature of 85 set in 1961, record low of 19 set in 2001, record precipitation of 1.69 set in 1982. For Fargo, record high of 90 set in 1993, record low of 19 set in 2001, record precipitation of 1.43 inches set in 1982 and a 0.4 inches of snow in 1974.
10/7/1910
Baudette fire killed 29-42 people. 360,000 acres burned.
10/8/1997
A late season outbreak of severe weather occurred across much of the area. Damaging thunderstorm winds did considerable damage in Minnesota lakes country.
10/9/1982
3.1 inches of rain in Fargo sets an all time monthly record.
10/10
Grand Forks record high temperature of 83 set in 1955, record low of 16 set in 1987, record precipitation of 1.36 set in 1949. For Fargo, record high of 86 set in 2003, record low of 16 set in 1935, record precipitation of 1.19 inches set in 1949 and a 2.5 inches of snow in 1935.
10/11/1997
Golfball size hail fell at Olga in Cavalier County.
10/12/2009
Lake effect snow in Waskish, MN with up to 6 inches.
10/13
Grand Forks record high temperature of 82 set in 1956, record low of 14 set in 1979, record precipitation of 0.44 set in 1966. For Fargo, record high of 84 set in 1934, record low of 17 set in 1979, record precipitation of 1.50 inches set in 1984 and a 0.1 inches of snow in 1997.
10/14
Grand Forks record high temperature of 83 set in 1988, record low of 20 set in 1992, record precipitation of 0.45 set in 1975. For Fargo, record high of 86 set in 1962, record low of 16 set in 1937, record precipitation of 0.82 inches set in 1984 and a 0.6 inches of snow in 1909.
10/15
Grand Forks record high temperature of 81 set in 1953, record low of 12 set in 1952, record precipitation of 1.44 set in 1984. For Fargo, record high of 83 set in 1958, record low of 18 set in 1952, record precipitation of 1.79 inches set in 1984 and a 1.4 inches of snow in 1992.
10/16/1880
Earliest blizzard in Minnesota, struck SW and WC counties. Huge drifts exceeding 20 ft in the Canby area last until the next spring
10/17/1996
Heavy snow fell in north Beltrami County and 10 inches fell in Clementson, MN with 3-6 inches across much of northern Beltrami and Lake of the Woods Counties.
10/18
Grand Forks record high temperature of 75 set in 1956, record low of 8 set in 1972, record precipitation of 0.93 set in 2007. For Fargo, record high of 79 set in 1953, record low of 10 set in 1972, record precipitation of 1.00 inches set in 1984 and a 2.1 inches of snow in 1917.
10/19/1916
One of the earliest blizzards, with up to 15 inches of snow in western counties, and a 50 degrees F temperature drop.
10/20/1916
One of the earliest blizzards, with up to 15 inches of snow in western counties, and a 50 degrees F temperature drop.
10/21/1995
Earthquake near Rosholt,SD magnitude around 3.
10/22
Grand Forks record high temperature of 78 set in 1963, record low of 13 set in 1976, record precipitation of 0.31 set in 1975. For Fargo, record high of 82 set in 1901, record low of 10 set in 1936, record precipitation of 0.71 inches set in 1966 and a 1.0 inches of snow in 1966.
10/23/2004
Lightning struck a large tree and the tree was less than 1 foot from the house in which 2 people were sleeping. The loud noise gave one of the occupants a concussion, and several appliances were wrecked.
10/24/2001
Blizzard in upper Midwest and Northern Plains. A low pressure system rapidly moved from Alberta, Canada along the US border, then slowed and intensified over northeastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota on October 24 into the early morning hours of October 25. The storm brought blizzard conditions and heavy snow to the area and wind gusts over 40 mph along with 8-12 inches of snow, with up to 14 inches in some locations in western Marshall County in northwestern Minnesota. Snowdrifts of 2-4 feet were common. A storm total of 10.9 inches occurred at the NWS office in Grand Forks, and it was the largest snowfall amounts ever recorded in October, breaking the previous record of 7.5 inches on October 19, 1926. Blizzard Al with 11 inches in Grand Forks.
10/25/2001
Blizzard in upper Midwest and Northern Plains. A low pressure system rapidly moved from Alberta, Canada along the US border, then slowed and intensified over northeastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota on October 24 into the early morning hours of October 25. The storm brought blizzard conditions and heavy snow to the area and wind gusts over 40 mph along with 8-12 inches of snow, with up to 14 inches in some locations in western Marshall County in northwestern Minnesota. Snowdrifts of 2-4 feet were common. A storm total of 10.9 inches occurred at the NWS office in Grand Forks, and it was the largest snowfall amounts ever recorded in October, breaking the previous record of 7.5 inches on October 19, 1926. Blizzard Al with 11 inches in Grand Forks.
10/26/1996
F2 tornado from 3 miles east of Henning to 2 west of New York Mills in Ottertail County. This tornado followed a track through eastern Ottertail County, with the first damage reported along Highway 210. A man stopped his car along the road when he saw the threatening clouds. The tornado picked his car up and spun it around, with the man inside. The car windows were all broken, but the man only sustained cuts to his hands. The tornado destroyed several farm buildings, one full of dairy cows. 21 of the cows were killed. The last damage report was just west of New York Mills. Two deer hunters were in tree stands when the storm approached. One managed to get down to the ground and lay flat, but the other clung to the tree as the tornado passed. As the wind died down, the man found his tree was the only left standing in a grove of 36 around him. Neither man was injured. This is likely the latest in the season an F2 tornado has occurred in our area. An F2 also occurred 4 miles south of Sebeka, MN (Wadena County) and an F0 occurred 4 miles north of Dorset in Hubbard County. Webpage on this tornado outbreak in Minnesota. http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mpx/?n=26oct1996
10/27
Grand Forks record high temperature of 80 set in 1944, record low of 7 set in 1976, record precipitation of 0.42 set in 1991. For Fargo, record high of 75 set in 1983, record low of 6 set in 1919, record precipitation of 0.60 inches set in 1931 and a 1.2 inches of snow in 1895.
10/28/2003
A deep low pressure system tracked into northwest Minnesota with a strong surface pressure gradient over central and southeast North Dakota. A 63 mph gust was measured at Gwinner, ND.
10/29/1996
A strong cold front swept through the region and northwest wind gusts to 65 mph were recorded 1 mile south of Lisbon, ND (Ransom County).
10/30/1951
7 inches of snow in Fargo was the most for October.
10/31/1999
Strong winds developed over Towner, Cavalier, Benson, Ramsey and Eddy counties with wind gusts to around 60 mph. The strong winds were due to a strong pressure gradient. There was damage to roofs, trees, signs, fences, power lines and traffic signals from the strong winds.

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