Fargo, ND Climate


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Fargo, ND has a humid continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. In the summer, temperatures average in the upper 70s and low 80s Fahrenheit, while winter temperatures can drop as low as -20°F. Precipitation throughout the year is moderate, averaging around 19 inches per year with snowfall of 48 inches per year. The city experiences four distinct seasons that range from mild to extreme weather conditions.

Fargo, North Dakota gets 24 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Fargo averages 49 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 200 sunny days per year in Fargo. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Fargo gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 99 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.


Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 82 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 0
Rain: averages 24 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 49 inches of snow a year


Bestplaces Comfort Index

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Fargo is 6.4 (10=best), which means it is about average compared to other places in North Dakota.

9.3 Summer - 3.4 Winter
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in Fargo, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateFargo, North DakotaUnited States
  23.7 in.38.1 in.
  49.3 in.27.8 in.
  99.2 days106.2 days
  200 days205 days
  82.4°85.8°
  -0.1°21.7°
  6.47
  3.14.3
  902 ft.2443 ft.
Climate
YOU SHOULD KNOW

Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

July is the hottest month for Fargo with an average high temperature of 82.4°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in North Dakota. In Fargo, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Fargo are June, August and July.
In Fargo, there are 11.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in North Dakota.
January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Fargo with an average of -0.1°. This is about average compared to other places in North Dakota.
In Fargo, there are 170.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest places in North Dakota.
In Fargo, there are 42.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is about average compared to other places in North Dakota.
Humidity in Fargo is generally quite low and comfortable. There are few days during the summer when the humidity becomes unpleasant. The most humid months (but still comfortable) are July, August and June.
June is the wettest month in Fargo with 4.0 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 0.6 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 41% of yearly precipitation and 9% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 23.7 inches in Fargo means that it is one of the wettest places in North Dakota.
June is the rainiest month in Fargo with 11.6 days of rain, and November is the driest month with only 6.3 rainy days. There are 99.2 rainy days annually in Fargo, which is one of the rainiest places in North Dakota. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 30% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 21% chance of a rainy day.
An annual snowfall of 49.3 inches in Fargo means that it is one of the snowiest places in North Dakota. December is the snowiest month in Fargo with 11.0 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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Grew up in Fargo/Northern MN area and was there 29 years. It’s cheap to live, tons of things to do in the summer. But 3-6 months of the year you more than likely will  More

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Grew up in south Minneapolis and headed 3 hours west to Fargo. Why did I want to leave the Twin Cities area? Found a great job. Nicer apartment for less money. Nice  More

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Not your typical North Dakota town. Fargo is on the Minnesota border and Cass County makes up 1/4 of the entire states population. It is the urban center and much more  More

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