Snowy Springs

Today is the last day of meteorological spring.  A year ago we were finishing up the first spring on record with no measurable snowfall recorded.  That was in stark contrast to the previous two years of 2009 and 2008 when we recorded the 3rd and 4th highest spring snowfalls on record.  Both of those years…
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Dry To Wet

My career as the meteorologist on WDAY began a little more than 26 years ago in May of 1985.  The 1980s were dry years.  Spring brought dust storms whenever an afternoon turned hot and windy.  The day I moved to Fargo, dust hung over the Red River Valley like a brownish-yellow haze. It was not…
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First Day Of Summer Vacation

The weather this week has really put a chill on the spring spirit.  As spring setback go, we expect the March blizzard and the late April snow, but by May we begin to feel that we are owed some good weather.  Certainly Fargo public school kids expect more from their first day of ?summer?. (That…
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Wet, Wet, Wet

As the spring of 2011 wanes, the state of North Dakota is almost completely saturated.  From the Red River in the east to the Little Missouri in the west, rivers are overflowing their banks.  From Devils Lake to Lake Sakakawea to almost every pothole in between, water is at record levels. Grasslands have become wetlands. …
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A Bad Year

In many different statistical categories, 2011 is turning into one of the worst years on record for tornadoes.  April set the record for the most tornadoes with 875 reported across the nation.  Tornado numbers in May are still preliminary, but the national total for 2011 so far is already approaching the three-year average over an…
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