After the weekend storm, it got cold, temperatures rose up a bit yesterday and will be trending colder again, but next week we may again have a mild couple of days, then, no surprise we’ll probably get colder again. Another way of putting this is the pattern right now continues to be not all that… Read more No Persistent Cold For Now
Precipitation from the weekend’s storm averaged between a quarter and a half an inch. Oddly, even though some areas around Grand Forks got twice the amount of snow that Fargo did, the water content in the snow was very similar. Grand Forks just had a fluffier snow than what occurred around Fargo. December through February,… Read more Winter Precip So Far
I have been asked several times if the warm temperatures are done for the season. Such questions are always difficult because what does warm mean this time of year? To me, any day above 50 degrees is mild and pleasant during the month of November and once we get to December through February any day… Read more Permanent Cold?
This time of year, with the shorter days and the longer nights, a lower sun angle and cooler temperatures, getting fields to dry off can be difficult. With the projected temperatures and sky cover next week, some good drying should occur. The past couple of autumns were cloudy, slowing down evaporation. If we go back… Read more Autumn Drying
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
I’m sure most of you have noticed the change in the weather pattern in recent weeks. I’m not talking about the seasonal change that comes every year that it is cooler, but instead the frequency of precipitation. We seem to have a disturbance or two each week. Each spot gets differing amounts of rain and… Read more Changes Continue
Yesterday in this blog, I mentioned at the moment it doesn’t look like a very early freeze will occur this year like we recorded in early September 2020. Looking at the past, such an early freeze is historically unusual, so just playing the odds would favor not recording a freeze as early as the region… Read more Early Frost Part 2
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
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
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?