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Weather Talk: Potential change coming to the NWS
South Dakota Sen. John Thune has authored a bill on Capitol Hill which proposes to radically change the makeup of the National Weather Service. The bill would greatly reduce staffing in most offices and create six huge central forecast centers which would issue all the forecast products now issued by the 122 separate forecast offices spread around the country.
Tuesday, June, 23, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather talk: Several factors affect the wind chill index
A wind chill of 20 below is a lot less dangerous in the sunshine and a lot more dangerous at night. Also, each of us reacts to cold, wind, and wind chill differently.
Monday, February, 16, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: Texas weather shifts from drought to flood
Flooding in Texas the past two weeks has become symbolic of the concern that the warming climate is contributing to more extreme weather. Yes AND no. Yes, it does make sense that a warmer atmosphere will contribute to increased volatility; more heat in heat waves, more rain in wet patterns. However, it is also the very nature of Texas weather to go from drought to flood.
Thursday, May, 28, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: Yes, May was wet
May rainfall totaled 7.87 inches, which is the wettest May since records began in 1881. There had only been 2.25 inches of precipitation (almost all of it rain) this year before May. In fact, you would have to go back to August 4 and total all the precipitation that fell into the gauge at Hector Airport to add up to our May total. In other words, we got as much precipitation in May as we had over the previous nine months.
Monday, June, 01, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: How northwest wind can bring warm air
A recent warm day was accompanied by a northwest wind, prompting a question about how a northwest wind could bring warm air. Actually, there are two reasons this can happen in two different scenarios.
Thursday, June, 11, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: NASA data reveal a few surprises
More than a quarter of a million satellite images taken by NASA’s Nimbus weather satellites, the first of which was launched in 1964, have been digitized and analyzed by scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Thursday, March, 26, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: From too dry to plenty wet
It took one storm exactly two days to take eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota from too dry to plenty wet. This is often how it works in spring because of the fact that average precipitation through fall, winter, and spring is just not that much.
Wednesday, May, 13, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: What's the difference between a shower and rain?
A WDAY television viewer inquired earlier this week about the difference between a rain shower and just plain rain. The classic meteorological definition is that a shower is brief and/or intermittent whereas rain is steady.
Thursday, May, 14, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: Hurricane season starts tomorrow
The Climate Prediction Center has issued its forecast for the Atlantic hurricane season, which officially starts tomorrow. The developing El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean will likely reduce, somewhat, the threat of organized tropical storms across the Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and along the Southeast and East Coasts of the U.S.
Sunday, May, 31, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: That warm feeling is radiation
On a sunny day, you can feel the sun on your face. That’s radiation. The warming of your skin in sunlight is actually radiation directly from the sun. We call it “heat,” but it is really infrared radiation.
Monday, June, 15, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: 90 degrees in April?
Temperatures in the 70s in March are rare and out of character but we got one this year when it was 75 on March 15. How about 90 degrees in April? It can happen. The last time was on April 30, 1992, when it was 94 degrees. It was 91 on April 23, 1990. It was 90 on April 18, 1987. In 1980 it was 94 on April 20 and then 100 on April 21.
Monday, March, 30, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: It's hard to dress for March weather
Fargo-Moorhead is a perfect example of a continental climate in which the temperature can vary as air is blown around the region by various random weather patterns. The greatest one-day range was 44 degrees on March 14 when it was 24 in the morning and 68 in the afternoon.
Sunday, March, 29, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: One good rain away
Each warm day causes more and more evaporation which leaves the ground drier and drier. Many farmers in the area are concerned that the lack of rain will soon impact the growing season. And while all of these concerns are real, it is important to realize that our region is one good storm away from being quite wet.
Saturday, April, 11, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: 'The Keeling Curve'
The late geochemist, Charles Keeling of Scripps Institution of Oceanography began taking measurements of CO2 in 1958. The graph, showing annual ups and downs but an unmistakable inter-annual rise, has been a key part of the concern over the burning of fossil fuels and the effects on Earth’s climate, and is considered to be an icon of modern science.
Friday, May, 01, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: India bakes; rain and cooler temps on the way
The monsoon of the Indian subcontinent is one of the most observable and predictable weather reversals on Earth. During spring and early summer, warm and humid air is drawn northward over the Indian region by semi-permanent low pressure.
Saturday, May, 30, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: Voltage during storms
Thunder and lightning is, by definition, a key element required before any rain shower is classified as a thunderstorm. Some thunderstorms produce a little lightning and thunder while others produce a lot.
Sunday, June, 07, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: Shocks in the sky
Have you ever noticed that sometimes thunder produces a sudden, loud crack, and at other times it seems to gently roll across the sky? These two different sounds are actually the same thing.
Friday, June, 12, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: One wet May
The Monitoring Branch of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information has declared this past month as the wettest May in the United States over 121 years of record-keeping.
Saturday, June, 20, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: Below-average moisture this winter
Average March precipitation is 1.3 inches. March snowfall was just 0.4 inch. Not even a half an inch. Average March snowfall is 9.1 inches. The last significant moisture was 0.44 inches in a rain shower back on Nov. 5.
Wednesday, April, 01, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Weather Talk: The spring of our discontent
Maybe we have all been touched by the snowbird syndrome. We have forgotten what it is to be really cold. We have forgotten how rotten spring weather can be in these parts. We have become soft.
Wednesday, April, 08, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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