WeatherTalk: One year ago, it was hot

Temperatures were in the 90s and 100s across the whole region.

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FARGO — One year ago today was the first day of an impressive early summer heat wave. The spring had been cool but dry and so the topsoil was quite dry which maximized afternoon temperatures on sunny days. Fargo recorded consecutive days of 97, 102, and 100 degrees. Grand Forks recorded 93, 103, and 100. Bismarck reached as high as 106 degrees. Minneapolis was as hot as 99. Even Duluth recorded a couple of days at 94.

The weather remained mostly dry and warmer than average through the summer with drought becoming severe until regular rainfall returned in August. The situation is quite different this year. The spring has been quite rainy, topsoil is generally quite wet, and this wet soil will likely keep our region from getting any unusually warm weather for a while. Wet soil keeps the weather cooler because heat energy used to evaporate water in the soil keeps the air from becoming as warm as it can when the soil is dry.

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John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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