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Windy

Wind is almost constant in the Great Plains.  The average wind speed in Fargo, day and night, throughout the year, is 12.3 mph.  Although the average wind speeds are lower in July and August, summer thunderstorms can produce extremely high wind gusts, usually over relatively small parts of the area. Air is a fluid and…
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Nighttime Storms And Heat Lightning

Midsummer is the time of the year when nighttime thunderstorms are most common in our area.  Nocturnal thunderstorms are common in tropical regions, but over most land areas, storms usually happen in the afternoon and evening.  But in our area, there is a greater tendency for thunderstorms at night, especially during July and August. Lightning…
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July, 1936

The worst heat wave on record across our region was in July of 1936.  It was 90 in Fargo Moorhead on July 4 that year.  The following day, it was 95.  The station record hottest day was July 6, 1936, when the temperature reached 114 at what was then the official Fargo Moorhead station located…
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Lightning Awareness Matters

Here in the United States, lightning kills an average of fewer than 30 people a year.  Twenty years ago, the average was more than 100 people a year.  Seventy years ago, the average was several hundred a year.  Lightning safety awareness is the main reason for the decline.  In India, more than 2,000 people are…
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Cream Of The Summer

Here in our northern region, June is really more of a spring month than a summer month.  June usually brings more cloudiness, more storminess, more wind, and more day-to-day changes in weather compared to July and August.  About 80 per cent of our thirteen average 90 degree days occur during July and August as well.…
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