Lightning Safety Week

This week is National Lightning Safety Week.  Each year on average around 62 Americans will be killed by lightning with several hundred more being struck.  Already this year eight people have been killed by lightning with many more being hit but surviving.  Those surviving a lightning strike tend to have a variety of long-term, debilitating…
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Wet And Dry

There are many variables that a meteorologist will take into account when making a forecast.  One of these variables lately has been soil moisture.  Although the first half of June was wet across the entire area, the northern valley had been quite dry during the spring season, plus, did not see quite as much rain…
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Shelf Cloud

Clouds come in all shapes and sizes.  One of the more interesting cloud formations passed through Fargo Moorhead on Saturday evening.  Although mistakenly called a wall cloud by some, it was actually a shelf cloud that moved across the area.  Shelf Clouds are sometimes seen along a gust front, which is the name given to…
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Crazy Snow Season

The official snow season at all sites in the United States runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. By the time June rolls around, usually the snow season has long since been forgotten as summer is in full swing. Unfortunately that was not the case this week in the northwestern part…
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Up, Up And Away

With the recent downpours in the area a question came into the weather center about how all that rain can stay in the clouds.  It is a good question, as even a small cumulus cloud weighs hundreds of tons.  The answer is rising air keeps clouds and its moisture in the sky.  Most cloud droplets…
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