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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published October 24 2012

Weather Talk: Weather patterns turning toward more cloudy days

I was recently reading an article about the influx of new residents into North Dakota because of the good economy in the state. In the story, a recent transplant was interviewed, and there was one comment that caught my attention. This new resident to eastern North Dakota was impressed by how sunny the weather was here.

If you have only lived in this area for the past 12 months, the perception of a sunny climate would definitely be correct, as the number of sunny days in the past year has been remarkable. Yet, the persistently cloudy sky these past several days has brought a touch of reality back to the area.

Fargo-Moorhead, on average, will record a cloudy sky on approximately 60 percent of the days through the end of the year. That has definitely not been the case most of this past year, but the weather patterns appear to be changing, meaning some of our new neighbors may be disappointed with the sky conditions for a while.


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