Cold To Return

The break in the cold weather has been pleasant for fingers, toes, and other extremities. However, it is likely that Arctic air will return this winter. The upper-atmospheric circulation around the North Pole region, also known as the Polar Vortex, strengthened last week. The more rigorously circular wind pattern kept most of the very cold…
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Midwinter 50s Are Rare

The temperature sensor at the official gauge for Fargo Moorhead at Hector Airport malfunctioned late last week, indicating a temperature of 50 degrees late Thursday night. The temperature was actually 35 degrees at the time. Temperatures in the 50s in Fargo Moorhead during January are rare, obviously, but not entirely unknown. Ten of the 31…
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Joint Pain Might Not Be A Sign Of Changing Weather

You know a change in the weather is coming because you can feel it in your knee/back/shoulder. Weather and joint pain have long been associated but without a known cause. According to a recent article on Livescience.com, two recent medical studies have shown that this perceived connection might just be in your head. The two…
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Polar Vortex. NOT!

The cold snap headed our way this weekend is not The Polar Vortex. The Polar Vortex is a feature of the upper levels of the atmosphere. It is a high-level wind current that circulates around the polar region. During winter, when this circulation is strong and nearly circular, the polar region is very cold and…
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Wind Chill Revisited

WCI = 35.74 + 0.6215T – 35.75V (**0.16) + 0.4275TV(**0.16) where T is the air temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, V is the wind velocity in miles per hour. And ** stands for “to the power of” because the way this is traditionally written in mathematics does not correspond well to typed newspaper copy.  This awkward-looking…
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