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Weather Talk: Like it or not, summer is about over

The descent into winter has begun. From a solar point of view, we have been headed toward winter since late June when the sun peaked in the sky.

However, actual weather tends to linger behind the peak of incoming solar radiation, so average temperatures peak in July and don't really start to drop much until around the first of September.

On balance, the average high and low temperatures for Fargo-Moorhead in September are 71 and 47 degrees. But there is a noticeable drop from early to late September. The averages for Sept. 1 are 77 and 53. The averages of Sept. 30 are 64 and 41.

Because weather is more likely to be either above or below average on any given day, the decent is not always smooth, but it is inevitable. The decrease in solar radiation is something that simply must be accounted for. It will get colder and colder, more or less, until winter arrives.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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