A Tale Of A Hot Fall Day

It was extraordinarily hot in the year, 1910.  The previous winter had been cold and snowy, but the snow melted away quickly in March.  The only time in recorded history that it has been 80 degrees in March in Fargo Moorhead was on March 23, 1910. Then in April, one of the earliest 90 degree…
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From Flood To Drought

Last week the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District held a drought conference in Fargo to discuss the reality of drought.  Because flooding has been the problem recently, and not drought, water cooler talk led to snickering regarding the apparent foolishness of both flood and drought mitigation were brought up. But without getting into the politics (or…
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Northern Lights

We have been treated to some spectacular Northern Lights displays this week. The auroras around and after midnight Monday night were among the best and brightest in our area in several years. Auroras are the product of high-energy particles from the sun reacting with gas molecules in Earth’s outer atmosphere, causing them to glow.  Auroras…
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Tornado Absence

  March is typically one of the peak months for tornadoes in the United States.  Though rare so early in our region, it is common for there to be big outbreaks in March across the Southern Plains or the Southeast.  This year, for just the second time since 1950, there were no tornadoes reported across…
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March Blizzards

  It is a myth that there are always huge blizzards in March.  In the distant past as well as in recent years, March and April pass without any blizzards at all.  Of course, it is also true that some of our most severe blizzards in history have happened in March.  Across North Dakota, the…
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