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Weather Talk: Hot weather is still a possibility this year

As the calendar turns to September, we know our weather is destined to become cool and then cold and, eventually, very cold. Nothing will stop that.

But at this point, it is still likely that we will have another day or two of genuinely summer weather. Temperatures in the 90s are far more common in July and August than at any other time of year, but one or two days in the 90s in September happens every year or two.

There are even a few instances of 100-degree days in September. The latest (in the year) was 101 on Sept. 22, 1936. The latest 90-degree day on record was recorded on Oct. 17, 1910. The latest 80-degree day in the record book is Oct. 25, 1989. Seventy-degree weather has occurred no later than the 73 degrees recorded Nov. 17, 1953. The latest 60-degree day was on Dec. 6, 1965. Temperatures of at least 50 degrees have occurred in every month of the year in Fargo-Moorhead.

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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