Weather Forecast


From shorts to shivers

(Echo Press graphic)

At this time last year, Douglas County residents were walking around in shorts, soaking up the warm sunshine.

This year, you'd get frostbite.

The temperature difference between this year's March and the previous one is astounding.

On March 19, 2012, the temperature hit 75 degrees. On March 19, 2013, the warmest it got was a shivery 13, a temperature difference of 62 degrees.

For four glorious days last year, March 16-19, temperatures soared into the mid-70s. For the month, temps hit 60 degrees or higher a dozen times.

This March, the warmest it's been was 34 degrees on March 14. It's dropped below zero four times since then, including a 5-below chiller this past Wednesday. The temps have risen to above freezing only two days so far this month.

Don't count on a spring thaw anytime soon. The high temperatures are expected to remain in the low 30s through next Tuesday before budging into the mid to upper 30s by the end of next week.

A glimmer of spring is on the horizon. Accuweather's extended forecast calls for temperatures to reach 59 degrees on April 3.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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