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Fake Weather, Or Just Bad

On social media, there is a lot of weather information. Some of it is good and useful, but like everything else, some of it is misinformation which can be potentially harmful. One area of special concern during winter is the distribution of weather model images depicting huge snow forecasts or blinding blizzards. Too much of…
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Sorts Of Flakes

Snowflakes come in a variety of shapes and sizes caused by differing temperatures and humidity levels in the clouds. There are stars, plates, columns, and needles in various forms, but almost all types are based on a hexagonal (six-sided) shape. The most spectacular snowflakes, seen most often early and late in the winter, are the…
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Perfect Storm Pattern

One of the most amazing sequences of winter storms happened 25 years ago this week.  On October 28-29, an early season snowstorm dumped 15.9” of snow on Bismarck. The greater Fargo area got no snow at all from that storm as it was moving almost due north. Two days later, the infamous Halloween Blizzard struck…
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S’no Comparison

During both of the past two winters, snowfall in Fargo Moorhead has been below average.  In round numbers, this winter’s snow total so far is 27 inches.  Last winter we got a mere 16 inches.  Average snowfall is 50 inches. The total the past two winters so far is 43 inches, which is below the…
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The Best Weather For Melting Snow

The best snow melting weather is not necessarily a sunny day.  Radiation from the sun is largely reflected by snow on the ground.  Snow is mainly melted by exposure to warm air. Interestingly, humid air is a lot better at melting snow than dry air.  The difference is tied to the processes of phase changes…
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