July Is King

July is climatologically the warmest month of the year.  The average temperature this month is 71 degrees which is nearly five degrees warmer than the average for June and nearly two degrees warmer than the average for August.  The average temperature for June is 66.2 degrees and the average temperature in August is 69.3 degrees. …
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Triple Digit Drought

The extreme heat recorded to our south this week prompted the question as to when was the last 100 degree high in Fargo Moorhead. On July 30, 2006 the high reached 102 degrees and that still stands as the last 100 degree day locally. Earlier that month, on July 15, 2006 the high was 101…
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Record Cold Season

There are many ways to analyze climate data.  The most familiar is based on the calendar year, January through December.  Hydrologists make use of what they refer to as the water year, which runs in most areas from October through September.  If we want to admit it or not, we live in a cold dominated…
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One Year Ago, The Minot Flood

I wrote this article about one year ago.  I am reposted it as the one year anniversary of this devastating event is upon us. ————————————— Just three years ago, the thought that western North Dakota would be experiencing historic floods in the near future would have been seen as unrealistic considering how dry that area…
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The Summer Solstice

Today marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.  At 6:09 PM CDT the Sun’s direct rays will be located over the Tropic of Cancer which is approximately at 23.5 degrees north latitude.  If you were standing at that point at solar noon (which is rarely 12:00 PM) you would not cast a shadow as…
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