The Core Of The Winter

It is normal for our weather to fluctuate from colder than average to warmer than average. In winter, a change in the pattern can drive out Arctic air and replace it with much warmer weather for a while.  In the fall, this happened as well, but the general trend in fall is always toward colder…
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Transition To Winter Is Complete

  Looking out the window, it appears winter has settled in. The transition from summer to winter has been marked with significant moments.  The last time lightning was observed at the airport weather station was during severe early morning thunderstorms back on September 4. The last 80 degree day was September 27.  The last 70 degree day…
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Already Bitter About Wind Chill

Wind is the element that defines our winter more than any other.  The flat terrain of the Red River Valley is not conducive to extremely cold low temperatures.  We do not experience cold-air drainage on calm nights so we do not get the 50 and 60 below temperatures which occasionally occur in northern Minnesota or…
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Winter 2013-2014 Statistics

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) released their analysis of the winter of 2013-2014 last week.  NCDC ranked the period from December 1 through February 28 as the 25th coldest on record for North Dakota.  You may recall locally it was the 16th coldest on record, but western North Dakota was not as cold making…
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The End Of Negatives?

Our last below zero reading was a -1 degree temperature that occurred around 2:30 AM on March 5.  The temperature was well above zero much of that night, but the sky cleared just after midnight, the temperature briefly dropped below zero, then the clouds moved back in and the temperature rose to nearly 10 degrees…
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