Fog

Fog is essentially a cloud that forms near the ground and, in our climate, is more likely in the cooler months than in summer. Fog is tiny droplets of water or crystals of ice which are suspended in the air due to their very small size. It usually happens when a relatively cool layer of…
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La Niña Watch

The Climate Prediction Center issued its winter outlook this week.  The fact that some form of La Niña, even if it is a relatively weak one, will be in place this winter in the Pacific Ocean, renews confidence that our region will be colder this winter. Last winter was one of the warmest in the…
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Military Climate Concerns

Climate change continues to be a difficult and controversial topic. On September 21, the National Intelligence Council issued its most recent report on implications of climate change for U.S. national security. The concern within the military is not the cause of climate change, but the impact of climate change on food, energy, health, and infrastructure.…
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When Warm Is Cooler

Weather in autumn is inherently different than in summer.  It is cooler.  Granted, it is still possible for the weather to become warm on a fall afternoon.  Highs in the 70s are still common.  Days in the 80s can happen occasionally well into October.  Last fall, it was 97 degrees October 11, a new record…
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Fall Flooding Here?

The record and near-record river flooding across northern and eastern Iowa this week is notable because it is happening in September.  Severe flooding in Iowa is more common in summer and spring but unprecedented in the fall. In our own region, the Red River is known primarily for flooding in the spring.  In recorded history,…
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