Water Year

Today marks the last day of the year, the water year that is.  The term water year is used by climatologists and hydrologists to track the use of water resources over its cycle of utilization.  October is used as the beginning of the water year because across much of the United States this is the…
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The Cold Was Cold

Antarctica is by far the coldest area on the planet.  The coldest temperature recorded on earth was recorded at the Russian, Vostok Antarctica research station in July, 1983 when the temperature plunged to -129 degrees.  That same station, just last week, recorded a low temperature of -119 degrees on September 16.   That was very close…
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Perceptional Weather

We all have weather perceptions.  If Phoenix is mentioned, hot and dry comes to mind.  Florida, humid.  North Dakota or Minnesota, many would say cold and snowy.  Of course such perceptions have some truth to them, but any one climate is far more variable. A week ago, September 18,  when Hector Int’l recorded the first…
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The Typhoon Did It

When Hurricane Isaac was moving toward the United States, several individuals emailed and asked if it would have any impact on us locally. Historically, it has been rare for the remnants of a hurricane or tropical system to bring rainfall into this area.  Instead of getting rain from a tropical system, a hurricane may help…
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The Last Hurrah?

In the spring, we are often looking forward to recording our first 60, 70 or 80 degree day of the year. In the autumn on the other hand, it is difficult to know when we have experienced the last such day of the year. This past Saturday, the official high temperature was 88 degrees and…
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