John Wheeler: We live in a place with a hostile climate
We cannot blame politics, Global Climate Change, or anything else.
FARGO — The very strong winds this past Sunday over the Northern Plains, combined with the first big winter storm of the season now headed for parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota illustrates the fact that we live in a place with a hostile climate. Whenever this sort of active weather pattern hits our region, news reporters are often keen on asking their local, handy meteorologist the "Why?" question. Why is this bad weather happening?
From a reporter's perspective, this is a fair question. However, the answer is usually the same. We have bad weather here because we live in a place with a hostile, hard climate. We cannot blame politics, global climate change, or anything else for extreme winds and sudden changes in weather when we live where we live; it the middle of the continent, near the main storm track, where there is not very much to stop the wind from blowing around.