It Was A Warm July

Based on what the projected temperatures are today, it seems likely that this month will end up as the 2nd warmest July on record.  Currently, 1916, 1989 and 1988, 1935 and 1957 are all virtually tied for that position, but they do technically rank in the order listed. If you are surprised that this month…
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Cloud Names

Recently, my son asked me what type of cloud was floating over our backyard.  When I mentioned it was a Cumulus congestus cloud.  He immediately came back with a response as to why does everything in science tend to have such difficult names. Cloud names, like many things in science, are Latin based.  Latin, not…
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Across The Street

On May 27 a thunderstorm dropped over 2 inches of rain in much of Moorhead.  Fargo and West Fargo on the other hand, especially areas near and west of I-29 picked up less than one inch.  By bad coincidence, the sensor at Hector Int’l was not reporting during that timeframe.  Therefore, the National Weather Service…
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A Sticky Problem

On July 19, 2011, the sensor at the Moorhead Municipal airport was reporting a dew point of 88 degrees.  Many of us in the weather community did not give much credence to the reading as that sensor gives calculated dew point temperatures three to five degrees higher than Hector Int’l no matter the time of…
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The Not So Low Lows

Yesterday in this space, I wrote about how frequently the high temperature has been above 80 degrees this summer.  This consistency of above average temperatures has likely been very noticeable on your electric bill if you cool your house with an air conditioner.  Yet, the daytime high temperatures have only been part of the reason…
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