Weak Solar Wind

Last week NASA held a press conference where their solar physicists announced that the solar wind was currently the weakest since such measurements started in the early 1960s. The solar wind is a stream of charged particles that are ejected from the Sun’s upper atmosphere.  It consists mainly of electrons and protons.   The solar…
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September Turnaround

Eight out of the first nine days of this month were below average, many well below average, but now most of the past ten days have been well above seasonal averages, especially the night time lows.  The last ten days have been so warm that it may surprise you to learn that our average temperature…
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Large Anniversary

It was a year ago today that many of you were awakened very early in the morning by a thunderstorm the dropped hailstones as large as baseballs.  The thunderstorm arrived around 2:00 AM and moved quickly to the northeast.  As it moved through Fargo/Moorhead, the wind was generally light, with large hail causing the damage,…
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Spotless

August 2008 may have been the first full month since 1913 that no sunspots were observed on the surface of the sun.  There is still some disagreement if a tiny speck observed on August 21 should count as a true sunspot or not.  The sun is currently at solar minimum, so fewer sunspots are to…
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Columbus Makes A Forecast

Hurricanes have always formed in the Atlantic basin, but the beginning of good written records started with Christopher Columbus’ voyage in 1492.  Columbus learned enough in this first voyage and in his subsequent voyages, that in 1502 Columbus made a hurricane forecast.  In July 1502, he noticed a mix of oily swells from the southeast,…
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