Cold Or Warm Winter?

The lower 48 states have for the most part recorded a mild winter.  Locally, the month of December finished 11.2 degrees above average and the month of January is currently running about 10 degrees above normal.  If February records temperatures this mild, the winter of 2011-2012 will challenge the winters of 1986-1987 and 1930-1931 as…
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That Bridge Has Passed

I have been asked numerous times in the past week if I thought Fargo Moorhead would break the record for the least snowiest winter on record.   When I mention that we have already passed that mark, there always seems to be a sigh of disappointment from the person who asked.  Plus, when I mention we…
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Cold Alaskan Morning

Just a weeeee bit chilly in Alaska this morning.  The red numbers are the air temperature in ˚F.  Green numbers will be the Dew Point where it is warm enough to be recorded.  Coldest Day in Fairbanks since 2006, which is when we had our last warm winter (no coicidence).

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Far From Zero

Snow is like the star quarterback or running back on a football team.  It gets all the publicity and to a large degree for good reason.  Snow gathers our attention; it needs to be shoveled and plowed.  It creates hazardous travel conditions and often disrupts our schedule. But the long 50 yard pass for a…
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Air Mass

The term air mass is used frequently by meteorologists.  By definition an air mass is a large volume of air that has similar properties.  Those properties would include temperature and often moisture content.  These air masses will develop certain characteristics over the course of many days or weeks by remaining in a certain geographic regions.…
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