Measurable Snow Day

Although a moot point as this year we recorded our first measurable snowfall back on October 4, but today is marks our average first measurable snowfall.  Although today is the average date for our first snow accumulation, it has rarely snowed on Halloween. Since snow records started in 1885, measurable snow has been observed on…
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A Sunny Place?

I was recently reading an article about the influx of new residents into North Dakota because of the overall good economy in the state.  In the story, a recent transplant was interviewed and there was one comment that caught my attention. This new resident to eastern North Dakota was impressed by how sunny the weather…
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Auto Publish

I discovered that some of my postings during my time off last week did not publish via “auto publish”.  I had some blogs set to publish when I was gone to spread them out a bit.   Therefore, I forced them to published this morning instead.  Sorry if it messed up your RSS feed to only…
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October Surprises

The early October snowstorm prompted several inquiries as to the frequency of such events in the past.  An October 7 snowstorm in 1985 brought a significant snow to areas just north of Fargo Moorhead with Grand Forks recording 6 inches, Roseau 8 inches, Langdon 10 inches and Velva, North Dakota recording 17 inches.  October 1-2,…
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No Weather Guarantees

Certain terms gradually build into the common vernacular.  Each year the new words that are added to the Oxford Dictionary usually make big headlines on local and national news.  In weather, although many terms have been around for decades within the weather community, in recent years, certain terms have become common place in society. The…
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