Blue sky begins to break through the clouds over Arctic Ocean ice Sept. 9, 2009.

Thoughts On Upcoming Winter

The past two winters have been mild in our region.  This winter is likely to be colder but there is potential for a very cold winter. Arctic sea ice normally undergoes extensive melting in the summer, usually reaching a minimum coverage in September.  Due to a mild winter and spring, this year’s ice coverage was…
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South Pole Cold Snap

It is winter at the bottom of the world and the Amundson-Scott station at the pole is in its fourth month of its annual six months of darkness.  For much of July, daily high temperatures have ranged from minus 63 to minus 98 with lows ranging from minus 67 to minus 99.  With a steady…
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Lightning Strikes Are Not All The Same

The lightning strike Tuesday evening that hit a car and gave a minor shock to a woman inside was likely a positive strike.  About 95 per cent of lightning strikes are negative.  That is, they deliver a negative charge to the ground.  Around five per cent of cloud to ground lightning is positive and these…
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More Heat Likely In August

Through July 25, the temperature sensor at Hector Airport, the official gauge for Fargo Moorhead, has registered a temperature of 90 degrees or higher a total of eight days this year.  It happened one day in May, which is about average; three days in June, which is above average; and three more in July, which…
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Stormy July Pattern

Although this week has brought a kinder, gentler weather pattern, much of July has been active, to say the least.  From a meteorologist’s perspective, this month has been busy.  From a farmer’s perspective, it has been costly.  From an outdoor enthusiast’s perspective, it has been dangerous. Tornadoes have not been much of a problem.  Instead,…
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