John Wheeler / Forum News Service
Caddo County, just west of Oklahoma City, was hit by at least 111 tornadoes from 1950 through 2012. The rest of central Oklahoma is about as unlucky.
The level of the sea on Earth has risen about 8 inches since late in the last century. A more substantial rise is forecast for the present century. Most people unfamiliar with the science of sea level rise are unaware that the level of the sea, and the rate of rise, varies from place to place. There are three reasons the sea level rises. The reason easiest to understand is the increase of water. When ice not presently in the sea melts, that volume of water is added to the sea, causing it to rise.
The Summer Solstice happened just a few hours ago, at 11:24 p.m. last night. In some circles, people insist that today is the first full day of summer. Across northern Europe, this date is commonly known as Midsummer. This makes sense because it is the time of the longest day.
What goes around comes around. With weather? Not necessarily. It is a common misconception that weather always evens itself out; that if it has been dry, rain will eventually equalize the problem. Or if it has been warm, a cool spell will come along and even things out. But this presumes the concept of linearity; that weather adheres to some kind of normalization process. Although this is vaguely true, it is not vigorously true.
Apart from the wind damage, that was a nice rain Tuesday. However, this rain was not an end-all rain, by any means. The 1-2 inches most areas got will green the grass a bit and stave off major concern about a summer drought. But unless it rains substantially again in the next week or two, our region will be wanting for rain again.
There is probably no weather element so poorly understood as humidity. Actually, we understand humidity when we feel sticky. But most people do not understand how humidity is quantified. Humidity is actually “relative humidity” which means it is relative to temperature. What we quantify as “humidity” is not actually the percentage of water vapor in the atmosphere (absolute humidity) because that number is always so ridiculously low (.01%) so as to be useless to the general public.
Last weekend brought warm and windy conditions to our region.
Historically, most of the 100 degree days in Fargo Moorhead have happened in July and August.
Here in Fargo Moorhead, our recent flood experiences have given us the view that the worst floods here happen in spring. But it is very important to realize that a summer flood battle is also possible.
There is a natural tendency for people to base their expectations of weather and climate on what they have seen in their lifetimes. Unfortunately, a few decades (or less) is not enough time to see the extreme variety of weather which can occur over a longer period of time.