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Quite The Range

The historical record low temperature for Fargo Moorhead is 48 degrees below zero set January 8, 1887.  The record high is 114 degrees set July 6, 1936.  This is a range of 162 degrees.  Dry, humid, hot, and cold; we experience a true continental climate with a wide range of potential weather conditions. Key West,…
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Seriously Cold May Weather

This past weekend’s cold weather was not unusual.  Although much colder than average, only a few token weather records were actually broken around the region.  That “records are made to be broken” certainly applies to daily weather records as several records are reset every year.  It’s just the up and down nature of our normally…
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Volatility In Mid May

May weather, here in the Northern Plains, is highly variable year to year.  It was chilly last weekend but not unusually so.  The low temperature Saturday morning of 29 degrees missed the record low by nine degrees. Actually, the average temperature over the past week has been warmer than the same week in the previous…
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Tambora

On this date in 201 years ago in 1815, the Tambora Volcano in Indonesia erupted.  This was the most powerful volcanic eruption of at least the past 1000 years. Tens of thousands of people were killed in a torrent of pyroclastic flows and tsunami waves. Given the population today, that number would have been in…
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Quantifying The Seasons

Average temperature is one way to gauge the severity of a winter season. Another measure is to quantify just the severe cold.  The winter with the highest average temperature (2011-12) had just 16 days (October through April) of subzero temperatures.  The winter with the second-warmest average, 1986-87, had just 14 such days. The winter with…
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