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

Briefly Cool

Although a cool day on top for the region, the heat will be quickly moving back into the region.  Yet, this time the heat is somewhat associated with a pattern change.  A trough of low pressure, think of it as a dip in the jetstream will be occurring in the Pacific Northwest forcing some heat… Read more Briefly Cool

Changes

The tropical Atlantic has been quiet for the past month, but there are disturbances that will probably form into storm shortly if they haven’t already by the time you hear this.  That same change in the Atlantic may be a slight adjustment to the overall pattern over the northern hemisphere that may bring better chances… Read more Changes

Subtle Change?

Last week I wrote an article for the North Dakota Agricultural Association dealing with potential changes in August.  If you look back at other dry years like we are having this year, a high percentage of those years saw an increase in precipitation during the month of August.  2017, 2012, 2006 and even the famed… Read more Subtle Change?

Dry and Dry

This summer no doubt has been quite dry across most of the state of North Dakota.  The one minor positive is that we seem to get at last one thunderstorm complex a week.  Sometimes two.  In turn, there are portions of the state that have gotten adequate precipitation, yet at the same time, the nature… Read more Dry and Dry

Variable

It is a rare summer when rain isn’t quite variable across the state. As we all know rain does not fall evenly and you will always get spot to spot variation.  It is the drier summers like this year that this variability tends to get more notice.  In years when it is wet, the variability… Read more Variable