Number 4

Today is the last day of meteorological autumn meaning that tomorrow will be the beginning of winter for climate purposes.  This past autumn finished above average for both temperatures and precipitation and this brings up the question as to what we can expect this upcoming winter. The past three winters have been colder than average…
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Negativeville

This past Tuesday, November 23, the official low in Fargo Moorhead was -8 degrees.  That was the first below zero reading of the season and the earliest such occurrence since 2003.  In eight of the past ten years the first below zero reading of the season was recorded later than average.  The average first negative…
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How Much Fell?

After most snow events there are always questions about how snow is measured.  These questions usually come from the point of view that the official measurement was different from what they measured. The official snowfall in Fargo Moorhead is measured in north Moorhead.  To properly estimate the accumulating snow, snow is measured on a white…
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November Snow Records

Snow events and speaking engagements have kept me away from writing much this week, but the 12.6″ from Monday’s snow was the 2nd highest daily total of snow for the month of November.  Here is the list: 14.0?  11/14/1909 12.6″  11/22/2010 12.4?  11/10/1919 12.0?  11/20/1977 10.9?  11/28/1960 10.5?  11/21/1893 9.0?   11/26/1896 8.6?   11/16/1996

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Cold Mirage

Every Thursday morning at 11:30 AM during the ?Christopher Gabriel Show? on WDAY AM-970, I participate in a segment where we talk about and answer questions about the weather.  Last week, a caller asked about what causes the distortion of objects during the winter. During most of our cold season, the temperatures aloft are frequently…
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