Beginning of Dry?

I recently was reading an article online where someone was quoted saying it has been dry this summer because of the lack of rain.  Yes, seriously, that was the quote.  Hard to argue with that, but nevertheless an extremely obvious observation.  This dry summer, as was the case in 2006, 2009 and 2012 has brought… Read more Beginning of Dry?

The Great Eclipse

We are now less than one week away from the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017.  Next Monday, August 21, the moon will cover the sun in a narrow corridor from Oregon to South Carolina.  This is the first eclipse to go from coast to coast in the United States since 1918, almost exactly 100 years… Read more The Great Eclipse

Cool Rules

The below average temperatures over the past several days has been associated with a ridge of high pressure aloft along the west coast of the United States.  This created a situation where even coastal or near coastal cities in the Pacific Northwest recorded some very warm temperatures.  Locations on the eastern side of the Cascade… Read more Cool Rules

Spray Drift

Spray drift, especially when dealing with dicamba, continues to make the news this growing season.  It appears that North Dakota has had nowhere near the problems of some other states, but some drifting problems have occurred locally.  Particle drift is often associated with the wind and that is why generally speaking spraying should be done… Read more Spray Drift

Moving Away From Dry

Western North Dakota near the Montana border only averages 1.50 inches of rain in August.  Even in eastern North Dakota, Fargo for example the average is only 2.50 inches of rain.  Our evaporation potential is much greater than our average rainfall meaning it is difficult to catch up on moisture this time of year.  That… Read more Moving Away From Dry

Generally Cool

Although yesterday was a smidge warmer than previous days and today should also be about as warm as Monday or a couple of degrees warmer.  Overall, the below average temperatures that have been in place for the past week looks to be holding strong over the northern plains for at least another week, if not… Read more Generally Cool

July 2017

July continued the recent pattern with western North Dakota recording temperatures above average and eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota recording temperatures close to average.  Part of that is associated with the drier soils in the west, but also, it has just been warmer in western North Dakota than other locations based on the weather… Read more July 2017

Football Feel

Football training camps have started and in turn talk of autumn is in the air.  Although today will be noticeably cooler than yesterday, it will still feel like summer, but tomorrow through the weekend, the talk of autumn will be more than just talk, it will feel like it as well.  A weak cool front… Read more Football Feel