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When Warm Is Cooler

Weather in autumn is inherently different than in summer.  It is cooler.  Granted, it is still possible for the weather to become warm on a fall afternoon.  Highs in the 70s are still common.  Days in the 80s can happen occasionally well into October.  Last fall, it was 97 degrees October 11, a new record…
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Fall Flooding Here?

The record and near-record river flooding across northern and eastern Iowa this week is notable because it is happening in September.  Severe flooding in Iowa is more common in summer and spring but unprecedented in the fall. In our own region, the Red River is known primarily for flooding in the spring.  In recorded history,…
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Fall Leaves

Fall colors could be especially lovely this year.  It has been quite rainy, particularly through the second half of the summer into September.  Also, because most of our summer rainfall came at night, this was been an especially sunny summer with well-above average hours of sunshine.  Trees ought to be feeling very healthy which should…
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The Blob!

The Blob is still out there!  The Blob is a wonderfully campy 1958 movie starring a young Steve McQueen about a bag of jelly that eats people.  For the past two years, climatologists have given this name in jest to a large region of warmer than average ocean water along and off the coast of…
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Equi-Nots

At exactly at 9:21 this morning, nothing of any significant value is likely to happen regarding the seasons. We call this moment the Autumnal Equinox. Technically, the equinox is a geometrical alignment between Earth and the Sun in which the Sun is centered on an imaginary line drawn directly through Earth’s center and equator. This…
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