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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published June 29 2012

Weather Talk: Remembering times when it was really, really hot

The temperature reached 111 degrees Tuesday in Miles City, Mont., and also in Buffalo, S.D. That’s hot.

Such hot temperatures are often caused by a combination of dry soil conditions (which heat up more rapidly in the sun and heat up the air near the ground) and compressional heating – when high pressure in the upper atmosphere causes downward-moving air that heats up the surface air by compressing it.

What is the hottest weather you have ever experienced?

For me, it was on a family vacation back when I was in college in 1983. The temperature was 113 degrees in Terlingua, Texas, on the Rio Grande.

The hottest day I have experienced in Fargo-Moorhead was on July 5, 1988, when the temperature hit 106 degrees.


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