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Steele is a city in Kidder County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Kidder County. The population was 715 at the 2010 census.Although they bear the same name, the city of Steele is not in Steele County.HistorySteele was platted in 1878 by Wilbur F. Steele, and named for him. The community had its start soon after the railroad was extended to that point. A post office has been in operation at Steele since 1880.GeographySteele is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.57sqmi, all of it land.ClimateOn July 6, 1936, the temperature in Steele soared to 121F, the highest temperature ever recorded in the state of North Dakota. This event, during the 1936 North American heat wave, is even more remarkable in light of the fact that since 1948, the temperature has not exceeded 109F. Never before or since has such extreme heat been recorded so far north on the North American continent. A prolonged period of extreme drought across the entire Great Plains contributed to the extreme heat. Record high temperatures for 15 states fell that summer. In the United States, higher temperatures have been recorded in only four states: California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. (Kansas set its own 121 °F record on July 24.)Looking at the averages, Steele has a humid continental climate (Dfb) with warm to hot summers and very cold winters, typical of the Great Plains. Though summers highs average 83F there are still 17–18 days on average of above 90F. January nights average 2F, and subzero temperatures happen on multiple occasions every winter.
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