Mild November

Fargo has broken the record for the warmest mean temperature for the month of November. The mean temperature last month was 41.7 degrees, which breaks the record of 39.7 degrees set in 2001. The average November mean temperature is 28.8 degrees. One way to make sense of this would be to imagine that if each…
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Hoarfrost Gets A Climate Comeupance

Following last weekend’s record highs in the 70s, my friend, Hoarfrost Harbinger, asked me if I was going to use the records as proof of Global Warming. “No,” I told Hoarfrost. “Two days of record highs is not a proof of anything climatological.” “But I thought all you media types would use any excuse to…
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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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The “Year Without A Summer”

This year is the 200th anniversary of “The Year Without a Summer.”  No weather records exist for the Northern Plains from 1816, but records across New England and much of Europe indicate an extremely cold summer with numerous frosts, frequent snows in the Appalachians and Alps, and many days of miserably cold rain.  Crop failures…
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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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