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 unusual for there to be several days in April and May with temperatures soaring into the 90s.  Lawns would turn green in mid spring but would quickly begin to brown.  The 1980s were not as dry a decade as the 1930s had been, but crops were getting by only with timely rains while rivers ran low and slow.  Lake home owners were adding to their docks in order to reach the water.

Lake Sakakawea was shrinking while the people of Devils Lake were looking for funding to build a pipeline to bring water from the Sheyenne River in order to raise the level of the lake.

My but how things have changed!

One thought on “Dry to Wet

  1. I remember driving to Detroit Lakes with several women in our family on a HOT
    DRY day in August 1988….so miserably hot and dry then!
    Now there are ponds and marshes where I do not remember any of them back in the 1960′s-80′s. In the Dirty Thirties my Dad said the lake at their farm went totally dry and they planted and harvested a good crop of potatoes in the lake bed.
    Cycles come and go!

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