One State Two Notables

In the past two weeks, both Montana and California recorded the nation’s warmest and coldest daily temperature.  Both states of course are large and have diverse topography.  In the warm season the nation’s cold spot is almost always a city located in a high mountain valley.  The city that is very commonly the coolest spot…
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Atmospheric Rivers

Rivers flood.  We know that all too well here in the Red River Valley.  But there is another kind of river that has been causing flooding in California that you may not have heard about, an atmospheric river.  Atmospheric rivers are narrow regions in the atmosphere, often one to three hundred miles in width that…
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A New Old World Record

Nearly 100 years ago, on July 10, 1913, a temperature reading of 134 degrees was recorded at the Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, California.  At the time that was the highest temperatures recorded with proper measuring techniques anywhere on earth. Nearly a decade later on September 13, 1911 a report of a temperature of 136…
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