Heat Burst!

You probably missed it as it occurred around 4:30 AM this morning, but Fargo/Moorhead experienced what is referred to as a Heat Burst. The temperature already was quite warm, around 80 degrees, but when a thunderstorm just south of Fargo/Moorhead began to decay, a downdraft formed beneath it, and due to the unstable air in…
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Solstice

June 21st was the Summer Solstice when the sun’s direct rays were perpendicular to the Tropic of Cancer, approximately 23.5 degrees north latitude. This put the sun nearly 67 degrees above the horizon in Fargo/Moorhead at solar noon (a bit past 1:00 PM), the highest of the year. This compares to the sun reaching a…
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Cold Air Funnels

Yesterday,  funnel clouds were seen near Langdon without the presence of a thunderstorm.  As a matter of fact, it was not even raining in this area at the time of funnel formation.  Where did they come from?  We refer to these types of funnels as “cold air funnels” because unlike tornadoes, cold air funnels develop…
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