Windathon

The Northern Plains have experienced several strong wind events over the past two weeks, including yesterday for some parts of the area.  All of these high wind situations were triggered by what is often called an Alberta Clipper.  A fast-moving low pressure that tends to originate in the prairie provinces of Canada and then move… Read more Windathon

NDAWN Snow Depth

NDAWN, the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network started testing snow depth sensors at some of their stations last winter.  Although not all installed yet, NDAWN should have 19 stations with snow depth sensors before real winter hits the area.  These snow depth sensors measure snow depth by using sound waves.  In that way it can… Read more NDAWN Snow Depth

October Mild

If you thought October was a mild month, you would definitely be correct.  Although, it did not finish in the Top 10, it was the 12th warmest October on record in Fargo.  In Grand Forks it ranked as the 10th and in Bismarck, the 9th warmest on record.   Normally, warm October make for great harvest… Read more October Mild

Drier

There was some rain in the region yesterday, but overall, yes it will definitely be cooler for the next several days, but more drying opportunities are also expected.  If you missed the rain yesterday, you’ve had several days of dry weather and no big storms are expected on the horizon.  That doesn’t necessarily mean zero,… Read more Drier

Wet Autumn

With the northwest corner of North Dakota being the exception, almost all other locations have already recorded more rain than the average for the entire autumn season.  The autumn season by definition is from September 1 through November 30.  In turn, after a drier than average winter, spring and summer, autumn will be the first… Read more Wet Autumn

Late Freeze

The latest first freeze of autumn in Fargo is October 24.  That was set in 1994.  If you’re curious we’ve had the first frost of the season this late in the season even back in 1911, so any talk about this autumn being unique would not be correct.  The so-called official climate site in Fargo… Read more Late Freeze

Old Winters

This is the time of year that the Old Farmer’s Almanac comes out with their winter forecast.  Someone shared their forecast with me earlier this week.  It was an odd forecast mentioning the words numb and shoveling.  A forecast like that can’t be wrong, as the northern plains gets snow and cold weather every year. … Read more Old Winters