Arctic Storm Of 2012

The first three weeks of August the average temperature in Fargo was nearly 4 degrees below average.  One of the principle reasons for that change in the weather pattern was the development of a massive Arctic cyclone during the first week of August.  That storm at peak intensity had a lower atmospheric pressure reading than…
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Summers To Remember

When I was a kid, my dad would tell me great stories of the summer of 1936.  The details of the extreme heat, dust storms, and true or not, his story about being able to throw a rock across a nearby lake (which is usually about 200 yards wide).  Perhaps what fascinated me the most…
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Pumping Water

I posted this to my twitter account (@darylritchison), but I thought I would post it here quickly as well.  But New Orleans, LA has the ability to pump nearly 50,000 cfs of water out of the city.  Last I heard they were near 70% capacity today.  How much water is that?  In Fargo Moorhead during…
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The I’s Have It

In the past decade Apple has able to name things with the letter “i” that resonated into the common vernacular of our culture.    In the weather world, the past decade has also brought about a plethora of “i” named hurricanes that have become equally well-known.  Hurricanes names are cycled over a period of 6 years,…
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Thoughts Of Winter

With most North Dakota schools starting this week and Labor Day weekend just a week away, many of you are perhaps thinking about autumn and winter more than the last remnants of summer that we have been experiencing lately.  This has been evident in numerous short conversations I have had in recent days as nearly…
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